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Deep Fried Turkey Safety Tips

11/19/2021 (Permalink)

turkey being lowered into a deep fryer outdoors Practice proper caution when cooking this holiday season. Keep SERVPRO of Gordon, Murray & South Whitfield Counties on speed dial - 706-278-7378.

Deep Fried Turkey has become a wide spread delicacy this time of year.  Many famous chefs have stated that deep frying a turkey is a quick method of cooking that provides a crispy and flavorful bird.

However, deep frying a turkey is a more dangerous way of cooking.  Having gallons of hot cooking oil over an open flame can be a recipe for disaster. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled deep fryers due to their risk of injury and damage to your property. 

If you still choose to use a deep fryer for your holiday feast, please follow the following safety measures provided by the National Fire Prevention Agency:

• Set up your deep fryer on a flat surface, more than 10 feet away from any structures.

• Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before slowly placing it in the hot oil.

• Do not leave the fryer unattended.  Continuously monitor the temperature of the oil.

• Protect yourself. Lids and handles can become very hot and cause burns. Wear proper personal protective equipment.

• Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times.  A multipurpose, dry-powder unit is best.  Be sure to keep children and pets away from the area while cooking. 

*Restoration Newsline Vol 32, Iss 11

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