As you’d expect, lab ovens can pose a fire hazard if not used or maintained properly. When using the oven to dry glassware and plasticware, always make sure that these items can withstand the high temperatures of the unit, otherwise they can melt and ignite, potentially spreading fire to the rest of the lab. To avoid burns when operating the unit, make sure you wear heat-resistant gloves, eye/face protection, and a lab coat. You may also want to wear a face shield, rubber sleeve protectors, 6 and a rubber apron.