Thanksgiving is a time for enjoying family and good food. Some of us enjoy a deep fried turkey. However, when it comes to deep frying a turkey, you want to take every precaution possible to keep you, your family, and your home safe. Thousands of fires and injuries happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. Before you put your turkey in a fryer, remember these safety tips:
Keep fryer away from the house – Set it up more than 10 feet away from your home and never leave it unattended.
Find flat ground – The oil must be even and steady to ensure safety. Keep fryer on a flat level surface and gauge the amount of oil needed.
Use a thawed, dry turkey – Make sure there is no extra water on the turkey. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble and spill over. If oil spills onto the burner, it can cause a fire.
Monitor the temperature – Use caution when touching the fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature so it doesn’t overheat.
Be prepared – Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times in the even the oil ignites.
Following these simple steps can insure that you and your family have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!