Safety Tips

Preventing burns from deep fryers

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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