Many cooks have experienced mishaps like a pot or pan turning over while it was cooking on the stove. The reason may be that their elbow or other body part hit the pan causing it to turn over. Even though the handle on a pan is very useful because it allows the cook to touch the pan without getting burned, it can also cause problems.
For example, a cook leaves the handle of the pan sticking out. When the cook turns back to the stove, the cook’s hand, arm or body pushes the handle which would cause the pan to shift or move across the counter. It could tip over and the contents could fall on the cook. Therefore, the handle should be turned to be over the counter.