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Turkey Fryer Safety

11/6/2019 (Permalink)

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching I’m sure that there are many people beginning to plan their Thanksgiving menu. In the South we like to fry turkeys to enjoy with our families during Thanksgiving dinner. Here at SERVPRO® of Sumner County we want you to be able to attend your Thanksgiving dinner and provide a beautiful fried turkey in the process. We have listed some tips below to ensure that you are frying your turkey safely.

Turkey Frying Safety Tips:

  • Keep outdoor fryers off of decks, away from houses and vegetation and out of garages.
  • Watch the weather. You never want to operate your fryer in the rain or snow.
  • Make sure that the turkey is completely thawed. When ice mixes with hot oil it causes combustion and will create a large flame.
  • Ensure that the fryer is placed on a solid surface.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended.
  • Leave at least 2 feet between the tank and burner when using a propane powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how to properly fill the fryer with the correct amount of oil. Overfilling can cause the oil to ignite.
  • Choose a smaller bird for frying. An 8-10 lb. turkey is best.
  • Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, watch the oil temperature carefully. If the fryer becomes too hot it will smoke and can catch fire at a certain point.
  • Wear googles to protect your eyes, gloves to protect your hands and keep a hose nearby in case of a fire.
  • Skip the stuffing when deep frying a turkey and avoid water based marinades.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
  • Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner. Let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
  • Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil to cook the turkey.

Happy frying!!!

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