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turkey fryer

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (“NFPA”) research. Turkey fryers contribute to this statistic, hence the reason we and the NFPA urge people to avoid the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that use hot oil. Turkey fryers require a significant amount of oil. The oil is cooked at very high temperatures, and the oil is prone to overheat when thermostat controls are not present, leading to combustion. The current designs of home fryers do not prohibit the release of hot oil, which could also initiate a fire. The burners that heat the oil could ignite the spilled oil as well. Additionally, turkey fryers are known to easily tip, causing the contents to spill and oil to ignite.

For these reasons, we recommend you avoid the use of a home fryer this Thanksgiving. If you enjoy fried turkey as much as we do, we suggest you purchase a scrumptious fried turkey from a professional establishment, such as a restaurant or grocery store, to ensure safety.

For these reasons, we recommend you avoid the use of a home fryer this Thanksgiving. If you enjoy fried turkey as much as we do, we suggest you purchase a scrumptious fried turkey from a professional establishment, such as a restaurant or grocery store, to ensure safety.

Dangers of Turkey Fryers

Here are five dangers associated with deep frying a turkey

  1. They can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.
  3. A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.

If You Fry a Turkey, Do So Safely

  • Use fryers outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Only use completely thawed turkeys
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter

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