Holiday Hazards: Safety Tips For Frying A Thanksgiving Turkey
As we begin to prepare for the Thanksgiving season it is important to take safety measures when cooking your bird, and frying a turkey requires a few extra safety precautions. When using a consumer-grade turkey fryer there is a large quantity of oil at high temperatures, posing a risk for fire.
One big danger to consider is to make sure the turkey is completely thawed. If the turkey is not completely thawed out and dry it will ignite when it hits the oil. When the ice hits oil it will cause the oil to spill over and catch fire, or even an explosion hazard.
If you choose to fry your turkey make sure to put the fryer in an open area on flat concrete. Never use the fryer on wood surfaces or in a garage, or near flammable objects.
Never leave the fryer unattended as most units do not have temperature control and will continue heating until the oil catches fire.
Never allow children to go near the fryer and make sure to keep all pets restrained and away from the area.
Never overfill the fryer, make sure to leave enough room for the turkey to fit into the fryer without causing oil to spill over.
Cooking fires are very common on Thanksgiving, so make sure to take precautions to prevent a fire in your home, whether you are frying or baking your turkey. Even the stove or oven can start fires in a matter of seconds, so be sure you have the proper tools to deal with a kitchen fire.
For more information on frying turkeys, and what to do in an emergency check out the National Park Services website.
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