Planning on frying up your thanksgiving turkey this year? Turkey fryers can be a controversial topic when it comes to safety, both personal safety and fire safety, but when used correctly and safely the results can be delicious! If you plan to fry your bird this year, here are some tips for keeping yourself safe while creating a great meal for the whole family.
A type of common fire that can occur on Thanksgiving is outdoor turkey fryers. It is important for those who cook their turkey fried to know the facts:
- Read manufacturer’s instructions.
- To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
- Completely thaw turkey. If the turkey is not completely thawed when placed in hot oil, it can cause a spillover that ignites the oil.
- Underwriter Laboratories does not certify the safety of any outdoor turkey fryer because they lack thermostat controls and the units can easily tip over.
- Turkey fryers should never be used on wooden decks, in garages or under awnings because of the potential fire problems.
- Never use water on any grease fire.
Stay safe and Happy Thanksgiving!