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Thanksgiving Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

11/8/2018 (Permalink)

This Turkey Fryer Fire Started on a Wooden Deck.

Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to gather and be thankful.  It's also a time where the entire family joins in the food preparation so it's also a time to think fire safety with so many cooks in the kitchen.

In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become a new family tradition because of the speed, the irresistible flavor, and juiciness.  It also frees up space in the oven to make irresistible side dishes. 

But turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injuries.  If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer.

Tips for frying a turkey

  • Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking.  Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups or explosions.
  • Keep all fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
  • Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it's in use.
  • Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that's 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Cooking oil that begins to smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Use protective gear and have a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
  • Do not to use water or a garden hose on any grease fire.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.

The folks at SERVPRO of Des Moines NW want you to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.  We are available 24/7 no matter how small or big your fire damages are.  Call us anytime at (515) 986-3711.

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