|Nothing can replace common sense. Always attend your pressure cooker when it's in use, and be sure to read your user's guide before beginning.
The Duromatic pressure cookers by Kuhn Rikon represent an entirely new generation of pressure cookers. Kuhn Rikon is built with safety features that render the problems of earlier pressure cookers, entirely a thing of the past.
First, the automatic lid-locking device of the Duromatic pressure cookers insures that no pressure can be built up until the lid is on properly. It also insures that the lid cannot be removed or come off until all of the pressure has been released.
The Duromatic cookers provide the ultimate in protection against excess pressure. The first indication that too much pressure has built up inside the cooker is the audible hiss of the valve as excess pressure is released through the valve (which is normally quiet.) When the user hears this, the heat should be turned down. As long as the valve is not clogged, it will relieve any over-pressurization by allowing steam to escape through the radial escape holes located on the valve stem.
Other safety releases will come into effect only if the central valve becomes clogged. If that occurs, excess pressure can also escape through the safety holes in the rim of the lid.
Additionally, another spring-loaded safety valve is set to release steam in the case of a clogged main valve due to overfilling or too-high heat. This valve is not a blow-plug like some old domestic cookers had, but a highly accurate spring-loaded valve which will open at a preset internal pressure and release steam safely and effectively.
Finally, at higher pressure, the main lid gasket is pushed out through the six bayonet flanges in the lid, and excess steam escapes in a downward direction. Because the gasket is thick and very flexible, in the very unlikely event that this safety is called upon, its action is a gentle release of pressure, and not a "bursting" action.
Quiet: In addition to eliminating the "lid-popping" ways of earlier pressure cookers, Kuhn Rikon pressure cookers also have done away with the hissing, rattling noises. With Kuhn Rikon you enjoy a gentle, quiet "Shhhhhh" sound as your food is prepared quickly, easily, healthfully & efficiently!