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Deep Fryer Safety

10/25/2021 (Permalink)

Deep fryer with potato wedges. Deep frying is more dangerous than any other types of cooking because it involves cooking oil and grease.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage each year. Deep fryers are great for cooking up some delicious food for gatherings, etc. But frying is more dangerous than any other types of cooking because it involves cooking oil and grease. Not to mention, deep fryers involve larger quantities of hot cooking oil, so it creates a higher risk of injury and loss. 

To avoid a fire, please follow these safety tips provided by The National Fire Protection Association: 

  • Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s instructions and code requirements when installing and operating cooking equipment. 
  • Plug cooking appliances directly into an outlet. Never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire. Watch what you heat! 
  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. Stay in the kitchen when you are frying food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the deep fryer. 
  • Do not use too much deep-frying oil. Having too much will result in excessive spillage. 
  • Stay alert! To prevent cooking fires, you must be alert. 
  • Keep the deep fryer clean and change cooking oil regularly. 
  • Keep pets away to prevent them from knocking over the deep fryer or knocking something onto or into the deep fryer. 
  • Keep anything that can catch fire – potholders, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper or plastic bags, boxes, food packaging, towels, or curtains – away from your deep fryer. 

If you happen to have damage from a fryer fire, we have specialized equipment, specific training, and certifications that allow us to restore your home to pre-fire condition "Like it never even happened." 

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