Here we are – just a week before Thanksgiving, the one day a year that is nothing but the three Fs: family, food and football. And while this year may seem a bit different than the year’s previous, a giant feast is generally in the cards. And while fire safety is necessary always, there is a variation of a turkey dinner that is a bit more dangerous than others – the deep-fried turkey.
It may sound completely delicious, but it has become one of the more dangerous ways to tan the star of your dinner. In fact, The National Fire Prevention Association has advised against using them altogether. But for the daredevils out there willing to take a chance, here are some things to keep in mind:
- Keep fryers a safe distance away from trees and structures.
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking.
- Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
- Place the fryer on a level surface.
- Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling.
- Choose a smaller turkey for frying – 8 to 10 pounds is best.
- Never leave fryers unattended.
- Purchase a fryer with temperature controls and watch the oil temperature carefully. Smoking oil can catch fire.
- Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey, then reignite.
- Wear goggles to shield your eyes and oven mitts to protect your hands and arms.
- Skip the stuffing when frying turkey and avoid water-based marinades.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
- Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.
For more information about fire safety, call CJ Suppression at 888-821-2334 or visit the website at www.cjsuppression.com.
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