Deep frying your turkey has become a popular trend across the United States. However, as you may have seen, many dangerous risks are involved.
The Los Angeles Fire Department’s blog has posted some tips about deep-frying safely. If one is going to fry their bird, keep the following in mind:
- “Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
- Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or any enclosed space.
- Remember that overfilling the fryer will lead to danger.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. Wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect you from oil splatter.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird.
- Be careful with marinades. Remember that oil and water don’t mix. Even a small amount of moisture can cause oil to spill over, leading to a fire or explosion hazard.
- Never leave the fryer unattended. Frying a turkey requires full-time adult attention.
- Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even hours after use, the oil inside can remain dangerously hot.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby, and know its proper use and limitations. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire!
- If a turkey fryer fire occurs, have some immediately call 9-1-1.
- Use your best judgment. If the fire is manageable and you can do so safely, use the all-purpose fire extinguisher.”
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