Deep-frying a turkey, a longtime southern delicacy, not only produces a great Thanksgiving feast, but also harbors danger if not done safely. Sadly, many Fire Departments still respond to fires caused by deep frying turkeys every year.
Here are some safety tips to keep your holiday not only delicious, but safe as well:
- Check all hoses and connections from fuel tanks for proper fitting and for rotting and cracks
- Oil and water do not mix! Never lower a frozen or partially thawed turkey into a fryer as this may cause the hot oil to over flow. The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator. Use paper towels to dry your turkey off as much as possible and lower your turkey in slowly.
- Always cook outdoors! Place your fryer at least 15 feet from your home and on stable ground.
- Create a 3-foot safety zone around your fryer for children and pets. Be sure to use heavy-duty mitts when cooking and wear a long sleeve shirt.
- Never leave the fryer unattended as overflowing oils only take seconds to ignite. Ensure you have an ABC rated fire extinguisher available and ready to use. NEVER USE A WATER HOSE ON A FIRE THAT INVOLVES COOKING OILS!