Stay Safe and Give Thanks
It’s almost turkey frying season, that means we all have to educate ourselves on the dangers of frying a turkey. Deep frying a turkey can be very dangerous for many reasons, including the high risk of fire. The oil used to fry the turkey is highly flammable and can lead to large fires, even with small amounts of oil. There is also a risk of tipping the fryer over, possibly causing fires and injuries.
If you are planning on frying a turkey this Thanksgiving, please follow proper safety procedure. Here are a few guidelines to follow to keep your family and your home safe.
- Do not fry your turkey in an enclosed area.
- Keep a fire extinguisher near the fryer. Be sure it is an all-purpose extinguisher that can handle fires from the heat source and from the grease.
- Never leave the fryer unattended, just as you should never leave a stove unattended.
- Don’t let children or pets near the fryer, even after you are done cooking as the oil could be hot hours after.
- Use proper safety equipment when frying, like potholders/oven mitts, wear long sleeves, and safety goggles to protect yourself from oil splatter.
If a fire does start, call 911 right away.