I want to recap a little story of what not to do in order to prevent anyone from touching a hot pot handle. I think by now some or a lot of us have burned ourselves by accident once or twice. So the event goes when I was making rice pilaf in my second term, I took it out of the convection oven with a towel set it down on the table behind me and took my towel off of the pot handle. When I went to plate the rice my forearm nudged the pan handle and I was burned, along with being startled and giving a small jump which in turn led to rice all over the floor. Case in point: keep the towel on the hot pot handle.