Planning on frying a turkey this holiday season? While fried turkeys may be the favorite part of many American’s Thanksgiving meal, extreme caution should be taken when cooking up the holiday bird. If the proper techniques and procedures are not taken the results could disastrous and very dangerous. Here are some safety tips from the CPSC for making your own delicious deep fried Thanksgiving turkey, without burning your house down:
- NEVER leave a fryer unattended.
- Place fryer in an open area AWAY from all walls, fences, or other structures.
- Never use your fryer IN, ON, or UNDER a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
- Make sure there is at least 2 feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.
- Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any wind blows the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.
- Completely thaw (USDA says 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds) and dry turkey before cooking. Partially frozen and/or wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when added to the oil.
- Center the pot over the burner on the cooker.
- Raise and lower food SLOWLY to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
- COVER bare skin when adding or removing food.
- Check the oil temperature frequently.
- If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF.
- If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. DO NOT attempt to extinguish fire with water.
The Big Bear City Fire Department in California posted a video to YouTube that shows what exactly could go wrong if you do not use precaution and the proper procedures when frying your turkey. So, if you’ve ever wondered what could (spectacularly) go wrong, watch this video before you dunk that bird in hot oil.
Yikes! We won’t be frying any turkeys here at RSS! Please make sure to use extreme caution when frying your turkey so your holiday can remain happy and safe. Also, to make sure your home is properly protected from flaming birds this Thanksgiving, you may want to check and make sure your homeowners policy is up to date. Happy Thanksgiving!