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    Safety Tips

    Preventing burns from deep fryers

    January 12, 2011

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    More than 5,000 workers are burned in restaurants every year, according to NIOSH. Commercial fryers are responsible for many of these burns.

    Northbrook, IL-based Underwriters Laboratories offers these tips to protect workers when using a deep fryer:

    • Consider using newer equipment that features an exhaust system, built-in grease filters, a grease disposal system and vat covers.
    • Lay slip-resistant flooring around and near fryers.
    • Be sure all workers using the fryer have been properly trained.
    • Only use oil of proper quality.
    • Never overfill the fryer with oil.
    • Heat oil no higher than the manufacturer’s recommended cooking temperature.
    • Do not store objects above the fryer.
    • Minimize the addition of ice crystals when adding food to the fryer.
    • Keep fryer, hood and surrounding areas clean and grease free.

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