The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsDangers of Frying Turkeys for Thanksgiving
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Thinking about what to prepare for your holiday feast? If your menu plans include deep frying a turkey, there’s important safety information to keep in mind.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), Thanksgiving
is the peak day for home cooking fires. Keep your festivities from going up in flames; only use turkey fryers outdoors.
The United States Fire Association (USFA) wants to also remind you of the dangers that exist when deep frying a turkey, including:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area;
- A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot;
- Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire;
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire;
- The sides of the cooking pot lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot