It seems like the latest kitchen appliances are always setting off the fire alarm, sometimes right when you’re preparing dinner. Between your oven, your microwave, and that new air fryer you just bought — all these devices can potentially cause a spark. As an added bonus, many of these gadgets make sure that there is no hazardous materials stored near them in case of an emergency.
But this doesn’t mean they all need their own dedicated space to work with. Is this really a problem? Can you really fry without virtually any smoke or smell from the food? Well, we’ll talk about that in just a moment.
What Causes A Fire Alarm To Sound?
The fire alarm will go off if there is sufficient heat associated with a cooking process. This can be due to many different sources, including the fat used to cook food. In some cases, it is purely coincidental — but often enough it is simply caused by careless cooking. However, there are other more common causes as well. For example, occasionally the fire alarm goes off when the fan in your oven goes on while baking. When this happens, the fire alarm is usually triggered by the dust that was caught in the fan.
Before you go and look for a place to store your air fryer safely, here are some suggestions on how to avoid setting off a fire alarm:
Before you use your air fryer, always check for any potential fire hazards. For example, you might want to check if there is anything near the electrical outlets. If so, make sure the cord isn’t plugged in and remove it from the outlet. After doing this a few times with no TV playing or other things plugged in — see if it goes off after you plug something in next time. If it doesn’t, then it might not be the cords.
Also, check to see if there is anything flammable near the air fryer. If there is, remove it before cooking. This could include anything from plastic bags to cardboard boxes — and even things like papers if you’re doing some deep frying.
It is also possible that the fire alarm is triggered by grease that has splattered onto the sensor.. Make sure to clean these off after each use — or use an air silicone spray as these are easier to clean and won’t hurt your air fryer at all. When cleaning your air fryer, simply spray it with a silicone spray and wipe it down with a paper towel.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I am already planning on what I will cook. One of my favorite things to cook with is an air fryer. I don’t know about you, but I love my turkey on Thanksgiving, and once I made some awesome French fries with the air fryer.
However, for some reason whenever I have an air fryer plugged in it sets off the smoke alarm. The only thing that will stop it is if I unplug the fryer. I asked some friends what they do when they have the issue, and many people said that they usually unplug it after a few minutes. I’m not going to lie, I hate unplugging it once it’s in.
So is there an easy solution for this?
There are lots of ways to get rid of the smoke alarm as far as your air fryer, but my way is using the browning function. This is what I do when ever my air fryer set off the alarm. Basically it turns on at 400 degrees and then every 20-30 minutes turns off again at 300 degrees and begins again.
Basically it’s cooking at 400-400 degrees then turning off the temperature and waiting 20-30 minutes and then starting again. My air fryer never has this issue, so I would love to know what you guys do on the holidays when you have an air fryer that trips the alarm.
But with that said, according to this article by the UK Mirror, many have reported fires breaking out in their homes because of a faulty switch in some models of air fryers. The manufacturer, In-Litho, has now recalled 1.8 million units manufactured between 2012 and 2016.
In its statement, the company said: “When in use the microprocessor inside some of these switches trips and the power to the fryer is cut off to avoid overheating. If this happens whilst an air fryer is in use a small flame can occur in the air fryer due to a fault in this switch.”
I would not go into my house with any more of these things being sold until further research is carried out.
This video tells you more about the recall and how to get your unit replaced.
I’ll update this as I learn more. Also, this might fall under the “fake news” category, but I wouldn’t be surprised if these things have been recalled in other parts of the world. However, if new information surfaces then we will keep you posted.
Air fryers work by circulating hot air around your food to cook it, similar to how a convection oven works. In the past couple of months, there have been reports from users of their fryers overheating and catching fire.
The problem is believed to be with the switch that turns on the heating element.
Apparently, some models don’t heat up as quickly as others and may catch fire if left unattended when in use. I know what you are thinking, “What the heck? That’s just weird.”
Those who have experienced fires with their air fryer say they have burned their hands and face because of this faulty switch.
Air fryer makers recommend waiting 30 seconds to a minute for the unit to heat up and for the Frylight indicator light to change from orange to green before adding food. Please note, 30 seconds to a minute is not that long!
If you do have an air fryer and have experienced a fire, please call the product’s consumer services team immediately. They may be able to replace your appliance or offer you a refund.
Also, if you are thinking of purchasing an air fryer, just know they cost in excess of $60.00. And if you are going to purchase one, be sure to do your research before doing so–the article recommends looking for the Frylight logo.
Do air fryers give off smoke?
Yes! It is a common misconception that an air fryer is free from smoke. I believe the reason for that is because most of us associate a convection oven with smoke and fumes, not an air fryer. A convection oven constantly circulates hot air through food, which means it produces more smoke than a normal oven.
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for Baking Equipment, there are several types of heating equipment which produce steam and some form of fumes: radiant heat units, convection units, infrared heaters and microwave ovens.
A majority of models will be categorized under any one of these categories. However, there are some models that use the infrared element to bake with no smoke or fumes. With that said, it is recommended to always keep your air fryer ventilated.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends having at least 10 square inches of ventilation per 1000 BTU of cooking equipment. This comes down to a minimum of 15 cubic feet per hour for each appliance. If you have more than one cooking appliance in your kitchen, be sure to have proper ventilation setup for all of them unless you’re planning on purchasing a commercial hood system made for kitchens.
Do air fryers give off carbon monoxide?
Air fryers are most commonly classified as “low-emission” or “zero emission” appliances. They also tend to be portable and can be placed on countertops or shelves.
With that said, some could emit ozone, a gas which is found naturally in the atmosphere; these are the types of units which use infrared heaters. It was previously thought that infrared heaters do not emit any gasses, but they do need to be properly cleaned regularly to prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
Typically this type of bacteria is quite harmless, but can be potentially harmful if ingested by someone with weakened immune systems.
With that said, there are some units that do have a fan inside of them to circulate the air and prevent the buildup of harmful gasses.
In conclusion, even though there have been major recalls for products like toasters and rice cookers, there hasn’t been many instances of actual fires that have been caused by these products. If you had an issue with your air fryer, please call the product’s consumer services team or visit their website for further information. But with that said, I would not go into my house with any more of these things being sold until further research is carried out.
How do I stop my air fryer from smoking?
In the past couple of months, there have been several reports of fires breaking out in people’s homes because they left their air fryers unattended.
It is important that you make sure that when using your air fryer, you always keep all electrical power turned off and be sure to leave the product unattended for cooking time.
If you are wondering what does keep my air fryer from smoking? Well, just like with any other appliance, ensure that the heating element or elements are not covered by anything. Covering the heating element with a dish towel or placing a jacket over it can create an environment where it will smoke.
How do I cook without setting off smoke alarm?
Have you ever walked into an empty kitchen and you know that something is on that shouldn’t be on?
In my case, I was baking in the oven and found out that my smoke detector was programmed incorrectly. It was sounding off for no reason at all!
If you want to get your air fryer to work properly, you are going to need to set it up properly. To do that, you will need: a timer (as mentioned in this previous article), a venting hood above your countertop, and an exhaust fan. Both of these items should be setup as close as possible to where you are going to be using your fryer.
Can cooking set off smoke alarm?
Again, this is quite common for many of us to think that the smoke alarms are set off by cooking. What causes these alarms to sound is a weak fuse or broken wire in the circuit or a short in the wiring.
Usually, it’s much better to have all your appliances on timers so you don’t have to keep turning appliances on and off. The main objective of doing that is not just saving energy but preventing your neighbors from complaining about all types of noises in your house!
Why does my kitchen get so smoky when I cook?
You would think that a home is a home and smoke detectors should be smoking detectors. Well, if you are cooking in your kitchen, it shouldn’t matter whether you are preparing a healthy vegetable quiche or something like steak with bacon bits!
According to the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, microwaves produce minimal amounts of smoke. However, if your fryer has a heating element on it, then it could potentially produce a lot of smoke. With that said, there is also the potential for smoke to be produced by over-seasoning or overcooking food.
If you have an air fryer, please make sure that the heating elements are not covered by anything or damaged in any way.
In my opinion, an air fryer is still a good product for any person who wants to lose weight and keep cooking simple. However, it’s easy to tell that the majority of people are afraid of fire hazards. When it comes to infrared heaters, I would recommend buying a unit with fans or multiple vents so that the environment around the fryer is properly ventilated.