Planning on frying a turkey this Thanksgiving? Review these tips from the U.S. Fire Administration to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
- Place your turkey fryer on a sturdy, level surface. Don’t move it once you begin frying your bird.
- Keep your fryer at least 10 feet away from your home or nearest building structure, and not under roof eaves.
- Avoid overfilling your fryer.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in.
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
- Watch the temperature! If your fryer doesn’t have thermostat controls, use a kitchen thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot to monitor the temperature of the oil.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
- The pot can get dangerously hot. Always use protective oven mitts, and keep children and pets at least 3 feet from the turkey fryer.