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Kitchen expert warns over most common air fryer mistake that could set your home on fire

Kitchen expert warns over most common air fryer mistake that could set your home on fire

An easy mistake to make with more than half of us falling foul

An expert in all things kitchens has revealed one of the most common air fryer mistakes we're making at home that could potentially set our homes on fire.

Despite being around for almost two decades, air fryers have only really boomed in popularity in the last decade or so with millions of Brits having them in our homes as a way to cook food quicker and for less money.

With their popularity increasing by the day, warnings and advice have come alongside the device given how widely they are being now used on a daily basis.

That includes how to avoid a toxic issue that could really hurt you and why cooking bacon in it is a big no no.

Even Martin Lewis has got involved in the debate, so you know they've made it to the big time now.

But a fresh survey of 500 people has revealed Brits are putting their homes at serious risk of damage or even starting a fire due to how - and where - they use their air fryers.

The survey, from Toolstation, found that 56% of people use their air fryer directly below their kitchen cabinets. It's similar for those with a kettle too, with 67% admitting to doing this.

Air fryer (Getty Stock Images)
Air fryer (Getty Stock Images)

For Cara Yates, Kitchen Senior Category Manager at Toolstation, the damage done here can be incredibly serious, with air fryers requiring ventilation to safely cook food in your home.

“Air fryers and kettles, while useful, can pose a risk to your kitchen due to the heat they generate when in use," Cara says.

"Specifically, air fryers require ample space for proper air circulation to prevent the appliance from overheating.

"Placing them under low cabinets can damage both the air fryer and the cabinet, resulting in discolouration, warping, and even a potential fire hazard."

Everyone loves an air fryer (Getty Stock Images)
Everyone loves an air fryer (Getty Stock Images)

Cara explained exactly how you should position your air fryer when using it as the outcome could be pretty bad otherwise and cost you a fair bit to fix.

She said: "Air fryers should be placed on an open countertop away from any walls and corners and ideally on a heat-proof mat to protect the countertop."

On kettles, she said: "Kettles also pose a risk when placed directly below cabinets, as the steam they release can cause moisture damage to cabinets over time.

"This excessive moisture can lead to mould growth and structural damage, reducing the lifespan of your kitchen cabinets.

"Again, to help prevent damage to overhead cabinets, consider using the kettle on a kitchen surface that has plenty of space above it.

"If this isn’t an option, then make sure to wipe away condensation to keep the cabinet base dry and prevent any possible mould growth.”

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