Safety Tips for Frying a Turkey

Fried turkeys are delicious, but they come with additional safety concerns. Nationally, thousands of fires occur each year due to turkey fryer fires. These fires often cause serious personal injuries. Before you set up your turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, please remember these 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 always be even and steady 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, potentially causing a fire or a severe injury to loved ones.
  • 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, in case the oil ignites. Do not use water!

We wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, and as always, contact the fire department if you have any questions.

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