Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey
Thinking about Deep-Fried Turkey this holiday season? Although it's delicious, the big question you should as yourself, "Is it worth it?". There are numerous videos online of turkey fryer fires and explosions. Do you want to risk bodily injury or property damage?
- Place fryer on level surface away from structures and trees, fryers can tip easily.
- Do not use fryer in a garage or on a deck.
- Never use a fryer in the rain or while it's snowing.
- Overfilling the cooking pot will cause the cooking oil to overflow when the turkey is put in. 8-10 lb turkeys work best.
- A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot. Make sure turkey is thawed and dry.
- 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. If oil is at its smoking point, turn the fryer off.
- The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot. Avoid trying to move once fryer is in use.
- Never leave fryers unattended.