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A rise in kitchen fires linked to air fryers says South Euclid Fire Department

Kitchen fires as a result of air fryers are on the rise, according to the South Euclid Fire Department.

SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — Air fryers have exploded in popularity over the last few years, however that uptick has also seen the number of kitchen fires increase.

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The South Euclid Fire Department sent out a warning on their Facebook page this week in an effort to raise awareness on the proper upkeep and cleaning that should used in your household if you own an air fryer.

What is an air fryer, you might ask? It is a small countertop, convection oven designed to simulate deep frying without submerging the food in oil. Hot air continuously rushes over and around the food leaving the resulting fat to be rendered out of the food and collected in a drainage basin.

The South Euclid Fire Department reminds air fryer owners to regularly clean the basket and drainage compartment to prevent smoke and/or fires from starting inside the device. It is also suggested that when not in use, all air fryers should be unplugged.

In April of 2022, Best Buy recalled just under 800,000 air fryers after more than 100 reports of fires started in certain brands. The air fryers recalled were the Magic Chef Air Fryer Digital Air Fryer. The model numbers in the recall can be seen below.

  • MCAF56DB (black)
  • MCAF56DW (white) 

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