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Turkey Fryers

Turkey Fryers

Are you planning on frying your turkey this Thanksgiving? If you are – please follow these safety tips!

• Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors, a safe distance (10 ft) from buildings or anything else that can burn.  Never use on a wooden deck, on a porch or in garages.

• Make sure there is at least 2 feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.

• Keeping fryers on a flat surface will help prevent accidental tipping.

• Never leave a fryer unattended.  Most units do not have thermostat controls and the oil could end up heating until it catches fire.

• Never let children or pets come near the fryer when it is in use.  Even hours after use, the oil can remain dangerously hot.

• Use potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. 

• Completely thaw and dry your turkey before cooking.  Partially frozen and /or wet turkeys can cause hot oil splatter when added to the oil. 

• Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby and never use water to extinguish a grease fire. 

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• Check the oil temperature frequently. Turn the gas supply off if oil begins to smoke.

• If you have a fire and the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. However, if the fire increases, immediately call 911 for help.

Happy Thanksgiving, happy cooking.

By:  Cinda Seamon – Fire & Life Safety Educator, Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue

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