First responders tend to see an uptick in kitchen accidents and fires around the holidays due in part to cooking mishaps.
Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, 900 home fires, and more than $15 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
If you’re going to give the ultimate way to prepare a turkey for Thanksgiving, follow these 13 turkey frying safety tips to do so properly.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
- Wear protective equipment – eye protection and good grill mitts.
- Defrost your turkey COMPLETELY – and dry it before immersing it in hot oil.
- Keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher within arms reach of your work area.
- Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
- Keep outdoor fryers away from combustible structures or trees – that means off the deck, too!
- Place the fryer on a level surface and do not move it around once heating.
- Leave two feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer – consider wrapping hose in aluminum foil to prevent hot oil that may splatter from touching it.
- Do not overfill the fryer.
- Turn off burner if oil is smoking. Use a fryer with a temperature gauge and keep a sharp eye on it.
- Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
- Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.