If you’re entertaining and have an outdoor ‘braai’ area with an open fire, you may have experienced times where the fat of the meat (or chicken) touches the fire and it ignites. You probably threw some water (or beer) on the fire and it reacted by flaring up before cooling down. This reaction can throw out or ‘pop’ oil and debri all around and can injure your skin and eyes if not protected.

If you use a fryer, or a frying pan where you add margarine, fat, butter or oil into the hot frying pan – the chances are that you have experienced times when oil splatters and can be dangerous if it touches your skin – or worse, you eyes.

The most dangerous times are when entertaining and you may be distracted. These could be birthday parties, celebrations or Sunday lunch with the family.

Here are some tips that may help you when you’re the master chef:

  • Keep kids and pets away.
  • Put on eyewear, safety goggles or safety glasses.
  • Always have an adult near the fryer at all times, to watch out for any problems.
  • Use a fryer with a sealed lid.
  • Chances of hot oil spills increase with fryers designed for outdoor use. These fryers are often on stands that can tip over or collapse, causing the hot oil to spill.
  • Gas-fryers must be used outdoors.
  • Seems obvious, but don’t risk deep-frying outdoors on rainy days! Water and oil do not mix and can have explosive reactions.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil; if oil spills on a burner, it will ignite.
  • Thaw your meat completely as partially thawed meat or chicken will cause the hot oil to splatter, potentially resulting in serious burns to your arms, torso, face and eyes. Wipe off marinade and other moisture before placing it in hot oil.
  • If the oil overheats, turn off the fryer.
  • Have a fire extinguisher appropriate for oil fires nearby, and know how to use it.
  • Don’t use a water hose on an open fire or fryer.
  • If anyone is burned, get medical attention immediately.

Very important: Always make sure you discuss and make decisions about your eye care based upon a formal appointment with your optician.

For more information and to book and eye examination please contact us:

McKenna & Scott Pinelands

Tel: 021 531 1953