Turkey Fryers Are Dangerous


Turkey day is not only a day of Thanks, it is a day when most Home cooking fires occur, take a second or two to watch these videos

Please refrain from using turkey frying units.  However, if you absolutely are set on using one, please use the following tips:

  1. Thaw turkey completely
  2. Cook outdoors away from flammables
  3. Keep children and pets away
  4. Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or inside garages.
  5. To reduce the risk of tipping, always place your turkey fryer on a flat surface.
  6. Be careful to not overfill your turkey fryer with oil. If overfilled, turkey fryer oil may spill over, engulfing the entire unit and possibly injuring bystanders.
  7. Most turkey fryers do not come with a thermostat, and if left unattended the unit may overheat the oil, resulting in combustion.
  8. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and handles become very hot, posing a severe burn threat. Before touching the pot, cover your hands with oven mitts or use well-insulated potholders. Whenever possible, use protective eyewear.
  9. Make sure an all-purpose extinguisher is handy at all times. Never use water to put out a grease fire. Use common sense when fighting a fire. If it is within reason, use the extinguisher to put it out. If the fire is unmanageable, dial 9-1-1 for emergency assistance.
  10. Even after you are finished cooking, do not let pets or children near the unit. The oil in the container remains extremely hot for hours after cooking.

Underwriters Laboratory (UL) considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use and based on their test findings, UL will not certify any turkey fryer for production bearing their safety label.

Home cooking fires peak between 5 and 7 p.m. Extra cooking, as on major U.S. holidays, often means extra home cooking fires. Typically, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year.

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