Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

By: Symone Grady


iStock-534308718.jpgFried turkeys are delicious, but frying a turkey can be very hazardous.Thousands of fires as well as injuries and even deaths happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. So before you prepare to fry your turkey this Thanksgiving, carefully read through the following safety tips to ensure that you and your family have a safe holiday.  

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  1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer at least 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. This can be a long cooking process, but never leave it unattended.

  2. Carefully select your turkey size – Choose a smaller turkey for frying. Avoid turkeys over 12 pounds.

  3. Watch the Weather – Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.

  4. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to minimize oil splatters which can lead to a grease fire. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.

  5. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

  6. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer by using appropriate cooking gloves. The lid and handle can become very hot. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.

  7. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites. Better safe than sorry!

*The information in this article was obtained from various sources.These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. The information is not intended to replace manuals or instructions provided by the manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional.

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