Turkey fryers are becoming an increasingly popular choice to cook the Thanksgiving turkey and can be extremely dangerous if proper precautions are not taken. If your plans include using a turkey fryer, I urge residents to follow all manufacturer directions closely and to review the following safety tips:
· Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil within the cooking pot.
· A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
· Do not overfill the fryer.
· If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner/flames causing a fire to engulf the entire unit.
· Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect. This too, may result in an extensive fire.
· With no thermostat controls, the units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion. Never leave the tryer unattended.
· The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
· Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
· Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
Following these simple fire safety tips can boost survival rates and reduce injuries dramatically. Have a Happy, and SAFE, Thanksgiving!