Yes, an instant pot has the ability to explode due to the pressure building inside. As every appliance, even an instant pot can malfunction and not open up the valve in time which can lead to an explosion. It is best that you follow these basic safety rules when using an instant pot to avoid such accidents:
- Never leave the pot alone.
- Do not pressure fry.
- Do not use low amounts of liquid.
- Do not overfill it.
- Do not use it for other steaming purposes.
- Make sure that you read the manual before use.