Be A Fry Turkey, Not A Jive Turkey

Thanksgiving is upon us and that means cooking fires skyrocket! So let’s take a look at how NOT to start a fire when you are deep frying your turkey with a few tips from Fire Safety Fran.


Of course, Fire Safety Fran hopes her ham-handed humor doesn’t discount just how dangerous deep frying your turkey can be, so she’s also culled this safety video for you all to watch.

As you can clearly see a fireball of awful can start immediately and quickly get out of control. So take care if you will be deep frying this Thanksgiving and follow ALL of these safety tips:

  • Turkey fryers can be very unstable. Therefore it is imperative that you set up on a stable, fire resistant area outside away from flammable structures. Make sure you establish a three-foot kid- and pet-free zone around the fryer.
  • Properly fill the fryer with oil. As Fran suggested above, place the turkey in the fryer and fill to the fill line with water; carefully remove the turkey and mark a line at the top level of the remaining water. This is the amount of oil you will need to put in for the turkey.
  • Never put a partially frozen or wet turkey into the hot oil. The moisture will cause spattering that can quickly evolve into a massive fireball.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. This includes during the heating phase. The majority of fryers do not have a controllable temperature feature, therefore, the oil can overheat and start a fire on its own.
  • Remember that the pot, handles and lid will be scorching hot, please take care to use appropriate gloves to protect yourself.
  • Have a chemical fire extinguisher for oil fires on hand, remember hitting an oil fire with water will only serve to spread the fire.
  • Never set up in your garage or under a deck, the fryer must be out in the open.

Please be vigilant about fire safety as you prepare Tom Turkey and all his fixings.

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