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!