Deep Fried Turkey Safety

According to the National Fire Protection, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Still, for many of us there is little that compares to the deliciousness of a deep-fried turkey. If you plan on deep frying a turkey for your guests this Thanksgiving follow these 10 safety tips and make sure to plan ahead.

  1. Keep your fryer outdoors and at a safe distance from your home, trees, and other buildings and structures.
  2. The turkey must be completely thawed and patted dry before cooking. Never use a fryer if it is raining outside.
  3. Place the fryer on a level surface and do not move it once it is on.
  4. Do not overfill your fryer and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  5. Never leave your fryer unattended.
  6. Keep a close eye on the temperature of the oil. The easiest way to do so is by purchasing a fryer with temperature controls. If at any point you see the oil smoking, turn the fryer off immediately.
  7. Wear goggles and oven mitts and keep a fire extinguisher rated for grease close by at all times.
  8. Keep pets and children away from the fryer.
  9. Before placing the turkey in the fryer, turn off the burner. Once the turkey has been lowered you can turn the burner back on.
  • Once your turkey has been fried and you have removed it from the oil, carefully move the pot from the burner onto a level surface and cover it to let it cool overnight.

Enlist help when deep frying a turkey and have an emergency plan just in case.  There also many oil-less fryers available now that give you that same delicious taste without the risk.


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