In an effort to keep you informed, IKECA wants to provide you with grease fire safety tips for using deep fat fryers.
Deep fat fryers are common appliances found in commercial kitchens. They’re used to ensure that foods like French fries, potato chips, and fried chicken are cooked to a proper temperature. Deep-frying food shortens cooking times and even destroys lingering traces of bacteria. However, due to both high temperatures and grease splashes, the chances of starting a grease fire when using a deep fryer rapidly increase.
The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) has several tips for minimizing the risk of a grease fire when using a deep fryer:
- Have a kitchen fire extinguisher nearby and keep kitchen appliances that have an open flame at least 16 inches away from the deep fryer.
- Do not let any source of water be close to the deep fryer.
- Before filling the deep fryer with cooking oil, make sure that the appliance is turned off and wiped dry.
- Do not overcrowd the frying basket. This causes grease to splatter.
- Never leave the fryer unattended. If food is cooked even a few minutes too long in a deep fryer, a fire will likely occur.
- Never use plastic tools to take food out of the oil because the plastic will melt.
- After you have finished using the deep fryer, unplug it to allow the oil to cool.
- Wait at least two hours after unplugging the deep fryer to clean it.
- If you want to reuse the cooking oil, strain it, store it in a sealed container, and refrigerate it for up to 3 months. Discard it if it has a foul odor or starts to foam.
- Never pour oil down a sink because it will congeal and cause backups.
IKECA wants to make sure that you remain aware of how to keep safe during a grease fire. To read all of the safety tips from USDA, click here.