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The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / News

Safety Tips - Thanksgiving Fried Turkeys



Turkey Frying

A tasty variation on a Thanksgiving dinner table tradition brings with it some real hazards, Titusville Fire and Emergency Services Department cautions.  "Thanks to celebrity chefs and cooking programs,  fried turkey has become very popular," notes Fire Chief Chuck Bogle. "But along with this popularity come safety risks."


Some of the dangers of using a deep fryer for turkeys include:

Underwriters Laboratories does not recommend the use of turkey fryers (visit However if you do use one, here are some safety tips:

  1. Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn.
  2. Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck or in a garage.
  3. Make sure the fryer is used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  4. Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  5. Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, never allow children or pets near the fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  6. Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching the pot or lid handles.  If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  7. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  8. The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing. Allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed in the refrigerator.
  9. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Immediately call 9-1-1 for help.
  10. Always read the manufacturer's instructions, paying careful attention to the amount and type of oil and size of turkey the fryer will handle. One way to double-check the amount of oil is to fill the fryer with the same amount of water as recommended for the oil, and then place the turkey in the water. If the water just covers the turkey, then use that amount of oil. After you do this test, make sure you dry your turkey and fryer pot well before putting in oil and frying the turkey.

The employees of the City of Titusville Fire and Emergency Services want to wish everyone in our community a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


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