Everyone has heard at least one horror story or seen a graphic video about cooking turkeys in deep fryers. And the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer.
These home use turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can potentially lead to bad burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property through fires.
That said…many folks do love their deep fried turkey. If one is going to use a turkey fryer anyway, while aware of the above risks, there are at least some major tips to heed in doing so.
• Keep the fryer well away from the house and garage; many spilled fryers have ignited and started major structure fires.
• Place fryer on a totally flat and stable surface.
• Monitor oil temp to keep from getting too hot.
• Use a thawed and dry turkey; too many times folks have put a frozen or wet turkey into hot oil, a very bad combination, creating an instant overflow of oil.
• Be prepared for an emergency with a multipurpose fire extinguisher; never put water on an oil fryer.
Please be safe….we care about you!
AND, remember to change those smoke and CO detector batteries going into the winter months.