Turkey Fryer Safety Tips- 5 Things You Should Know
As the temperatures outside start to drop and the Halloween candy stash begins to disappear, it’s time to bring out the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinner. The latest trend in preparing turkeys during the holiday season is deep frying. While the results can be delicious, the outcome could be very dangerous if proper safety precautions aren’t taken.
There are a number of things that could happen while deep frying a turkey: fryers can easily tip over, exposing you, your family and your home to over 5 gallons of hot oil; without temperature controls, fryer units can overheat to the point of combustion; overfilling the pot with oil can cause for oil to spill over and cause a fire when it comes in contact with flames under the pot. Following the Thanksgiving Safety guidelines will prevent many of these accidents from occurring. Turkey fryer safety tips:
- Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.
- Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.
- Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.
- Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.
- Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times if the oil ignites.
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