do not become complacent as you can get burnt if not careful..by extra work surface l meant you can place a spoon or fork or serving plate beside the working element..just be careful as not to place anything conductive on the surface and turn on the element...l am always picking off those tiny paper wrapped wires they use to close plastic bags.
LOL I hate those stupid twisties ties. I throw out any that happen to make it into the house; we use bread bag clips.
The problem in my house is that we all cook for ourselves, so I'll make some dinner for my husband and I, then clean off the stove and inevitably either the youngest (20) or the "adopted" (28) son will come down and burn themselves on the burner because somehow they never notice the glowing red light saying it's hot... They both blame setting their plates on the LED indicator ~SMH~
(I'm not a professional, just a homeowner who dabbles in a bit of everything DIY)