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TITUSVILLE FIRE AND EMERGENCY SERVICES DEPARTMENT URGES ITS CITIZENS TO RECONSIDER AND AVOID USING TURKEY FRYING UNITS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON.
|Turkey Fryers Present Numerous Safety Hazards to Consumers
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. Their testing data of turkey fryers revealed the following hazards:
- Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil from the cooking pot
- If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the fryer causing a fire to engulf the entire unit
- Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect which can also cause an engulfing fire of the unit
- With no thermostat controls, the units have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion
- The lid and handles on the sides of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posting severe turn hazards
For all of the above reasons, please refrain from using turkey frying units. However, if you absolutely are set on using one, please use the following tips.
- Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors and a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials
- Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck
- Make sure the fryer is used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping
- Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls and make catch on fire quickly
- Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for a long time
- Do not overfill the fryer to avoid spillover
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix and the addition of heat from the unit can result in an explosion hazard
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. NEVER use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire does not extinguish or the fire increases, call the fire department immediately
For more information regarding fire safety tips, please contact Titusville Fire and Emergency Services, Life Safety Specialist Heather Gilmore at 321-383-5708.