Turkey Frying Tips

Turkey in the Deep Fryer

If you are planning to fry your Thanksgiving Day turkey, please keep in mind that turkey fryers can be extremely dangerous if not used properly. According to the Underwriters Laboratories' (UL) safety experts, concerns are running high due to an increasing number of fires related to turkey fryers. The UL has performed tests and found that the "great-tasting birds" are not worth the risk. As a result, the UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with their UL mark.

If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, here are some tips from the Naval Safety Center for safer use:

      Use outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and other materials that can burn.
      Never use on wooden decks or in garages.
      Use on a flat surface to help prevent accidental tipping.
      Never leave unattended. The oil can continue to heat until it catches fire.
      Never let children or pets near the fryer.
      Do not overfill the fryer. Doing so may cause the oil to catch fire from the burner.
      Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when handling any part of the pot.
      Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes in case of oil spatter.
      Keep a fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
      Follow the manufacturer's directions on proper use of the turkey fryer.

Source: USDA, Naval Safety Center

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