Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

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By the Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Santa Barbara County Fire Department wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving. Turkey fryers are dangerous and one of the most common cause of residential fires during the holidays.

If a turkey fryer absolutely must be used, the Santa Barbara County Fire Department urges people to be careful and to follow these basic safety tips:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • During cooking, hot oil can splash on your hands or face resulting in burn injuries.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer attended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. As a result, the oil will continually heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles, long sleeve shirt, long pants, and closed shoes to protect you from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

Severe burns and other personal injuries as well as destruction of property may result from improper use of gas-fueled turkey fryers. The cooking risk of oil spilling is significant and the resulting injuries can be severe. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds people to use extreme caution when using a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving.

All Santa Barbara County Fire Department News Releases are available at www.sbcfire.com.

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Channelfog Nov 26, 2022 04:53 AM
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

PLEASE heed these warnings. A friend and former Uruguayan Congressman was cooking with a big pot of oil. Somehow, it fell and he inhaled the hot oil down his esophagus and into the lungs. They induced coma immediately, but there was no treating such burns and he passed away. An absolutely horrible death. Felipe Michelini was a fine person dedicated to international humanitarian causes. RIP Felipe.

CoastWatch Nov 23, 2022 08:12 PM
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Medium rare tri-tip with enchiladas is waaaay better than turkey, no matter how you cook it :)

Thomas John Nov 24, 2022 01:49 PM
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Coastwatch - I don't typically agree with you - but you're spot on here! You just reminded me what I'm going to have tomorrow night. Happy Thanksgiving!

chico berkeley Nov 23, 2022 12:02 PM
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

I will take mine covered Red Oak BBQ style with minced garlic ,pepper, cheap beer and butter in a turkey pan with a foil hat and a baster.
I go through 3-4 cans of beer(in the turkey cavity) by the time it is done.
Yes it is time consuming, but worth every min after its done.(3 1/2 hrs.)
Going with a rotisserie style Thursday.

montecito_matt Nov 23, 2022 10:29 AM
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Why ruin all the good chances for YouTube videos with a safe & sane release like this? Love a good fried turkey, every year we do one in the oven and one in the fryer. Don't know what you are missing until you've tried it.

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