When you move into a new home, and a big family holiday rolls around (like this Thursday) we can tend to go overboard. If you are moving into a larger home, or out of an apartment, you may finally have enough room to have both families over for Thanksgiving. If you do, and this is your first time acting as Holiday-Host, you will need to prepare the the sides, the desserts... and the turkey!
In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular. This cooking method requires placing the turkey in 3 gallons or more of oil, heated by propane. Some fire departments can act as a great resource when it comes to doing this safely.
Cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be very dangerous. This is in reference to the high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil. This can lead to fires which are very difficult to control, skin burns, smoke inhalation or other injuries.
If you are new to the neighborhood, the last thing you want to do is set fire to your back yard or driveway! Here are a few tips form making this Thanksgiving a little safer this year.
A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire.
An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted.
The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards.
Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
Turkey Frying Safety Tips
Many local fire departments will actually recommend just baking your turkey, but for those of us that have tried the fried version, we may still take the risk! IF YOU DO, these precautions should (MUST) be followed.
Do not overfill the fryer.
Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.
Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
While we can provide tips for making turkey time a little safer, we can also save you time and money when you move into a new home!
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