BASIC AIR FRYER SAFETY
Although the user manual will warn you about certain risks and inform you of how to use your air fryer safely, here are some more risks concerning the air fryer and important guidelines to help you stay as safe as possible.
A frequently overlooked hazard with most electrical appliances is the electrical elements being exposed to water. Never submerge the air fryer in water, and always make sure to keep the cable and plug away from all moisture. This is especially important when cleaning the exterior of the air fryer. Wet electrical wires are the fastest way to cause a short circuit and damage your air fryer or start a fire. The plug and cable should also be kept away from sources of heat to keep the protective casings for the electrical wires from melting and to prevent the wires from overheating and bursting into flame. If any of the electric wiring in the cable is exposed, using insulation tape is a very good quick fix, but you should have it properly repaired as soon as possible.
Another great risk is the excessive use of oil. The air fryer is designed specifically to work with small amounts of oil and too much oil can cause a fire. This is why you should always make sure not to pour too much oil over your food, and under no circumstances should you ever pour oil into the air fryer. Fires caused by heated oil are extremely dangerous and very difficult to put out.
The air fryer has several inlets and outlets to properly manage the airflow within the appliance. Covering any of these areas can not only affect the quality and condition of your food but can also cause serious damage to the air fryer. Your user manual should indicate where these inlets and outlets are, and you should always make sure that they aren’t covered at all times.
The basket and pan of the air fryer are extremely hot immediately after use, and you should always be careful when handling them. When turning the food halfway through the cooking process or removing the food from the basket afterward, always make sure to hold the basket only at the handle and keep well away from any parts of the pan and basket that may have been exposed to heat. It’s also a good idea to use tongs to remove the food from the basket rather than tipping the basket over. When washing the basket and pan of your air fryer, you should let them cool down for at least half an hour, as they will still be hot to the touch. You also shouldn’t put them in water immediately after use, as the intense heat that will create has the ability to cause serious burns as soon as the implements make contact with the water. Children and pets should always be kept away from the air fryer at all times, whether it’s still cooking your food, cooling off, or not in use at all.
A good extra precaution to take is to unplug the air fryer whenever it isn’t in use. Not only will it keep a child from accidentally turning on the air fryer or from someone forgetting to turn it off, but keeping it unplugged will also protect your air fryer from damage caused by sudden electrical surges. Remember to always turn off the power outlet before you unplug the air fryer to protect yourself from electrical shocks.
This may seem a little redundant, but when you buy an air fryer, make sure to keep your payslip and warranty papers somewhere safe. Most air fryers come with a guarantee and warranty, and if you want to make a claim if something is wrong with your air fryer, you will need to provide the payslip. A good idea is to keep your payslip and warranty papers together with your user manual, to make sure you know exactly what they’re for, and exactly where to find them.