Turkey Deep Fryer
The Penn Hills No.7 VFC warns that cooking your Thanksgiving turkey with a deep fryer can be very dangerous as they have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, spilling hot oil, and could lead to fires, burns, or other injuries.
If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.
Dangers of Frying a Turkey
- A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
- An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.
- The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.
- Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
Turkey Frying Safety Tips
The Penn Hills No.7 VFC advises against using a turkey fryer. If you decide to do it anyway, these precautions should be followed.
- Do not overfill the fryer.
- Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
- Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a 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.
- Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.