Turkey Fryer Safety

by | Nov 23, 2020 | Fire Damage

Thanksgiving 2020 will be a Thanksgiving like we’ve never seen before. Thanks to Coronavirus, our traditions may be different this year, which means you may find yourself responsible for cooking the turkey this year! There are many ways to cook a turkey – you can slow cook it, roast it, grill it, smoke it, or if you’re feeling brave, you can deep fry it.

While fried turkey is absolutely delicious, it can be a dangerous dish. After all, Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires in the USA, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Before you “drop it like it’s hot” let’s review some turkey fryer safety tips:

  • Start thawing the turkey before Thanksgiving to ensure it’s completely thawed. Before you place it in the fryer, pat the turkey with paper towels. Moisture on the turkey can cause hot oil to splatter.
  • Choose a safe place for your turkey fryer. Place it OUTDOORS and away from your home, kids and pets. Make sure it’s on a sturdy, non-flammable surface.
  • Protect yourself. Wear gloves or mitts, an apron, safety glasses, and closed-toe shoes.
  • Read your turkey fryer’s directions carefully to ensure you use the correct amount of cooking oil. You don’t want the oil to spill out over the top once you place your turkey inside. If oil spills onto the burner, it can cause a fire! 
  • Don’t leave your turkey fryer unattended while in use.

Sometimes, accidents happen. In fact, turkey fryer accidents cause $15 million in property damage each year. If you have a little “uh-oh” this holiday season, PHC Restoration is available 24/7/365 at 910-814-2502.

We wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!