Recently, fried turkey has become a holiday tradition for many families. While the end result is hopefully a delicious turkey, the process has the potential for a sad end to an otherwise happy day. If you do decide to fry a turkey, read these safety tips first.
Things to Know:
- Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires
- When you fry foods, you increase the risk of a cooking fire.
Be Aware of These Hazards when Frying a Turkey:
-Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
- A wet or partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
- The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.
- LP gas fryers pose an additional risk due to the open flame.
If You Fry a Turkey, Do so Safely
- Use your LP gas turkey fryer only outdoors on a sturdy, level surface well away from things that can burn.
- Make sure to have a 3-foot kid- and pet-free zone around your turkey fryer to protect against burn injuries.
- Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
- Determine the correct amount of oil needed by first placing the turkey in the pot with water.
- Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
- Make sure your turkey is completely dried and thawed before you fry it.
- Check the temperature often with a cooking thermometer so the oil won’t overheat.
- Use long cooking gloves that protect hands and arms when you handle these items.
- Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
- If you want to enjoy a fried turkey, consider an electric turkey fryer.
William Shatner & State Farm present "Eat, Fry, Love," a turkey fryer fire cautionary tale, Source: State Farm
Dangers of Turkey Fryers, Source: NFPA