Thanksgiving is peak day for home cooking fires!
Did you know that $15,000,000.00 worth of property damage is cause by deep frying related fires every year?
Here are some important safety tips for those who want a crispy turkey on the table this Thanksgiving.
- Turkey Preparation – We all know that water and oil don’t mix right? Water will immediately cause the oil to splash or bubble out of the fryer which can rapidly develop into a dangerous fire. Your turkey should be thoroughly thawed and patted dry prior to being placed in the fryer. You should make sure that any marinades used are deep fry approved as well.
- Location - Deep fryers should be used on a flat surface at least 10 feet from away from the home. Keep away anything flammable. Make sure children and animals stay indoors or at a safe distance and never leave the frying turkey unattended. Its extremely dangerous to deep fry inside the home, on a covered patio, balcony or wood deck. Even an open garage should be off limits.
- Protective Gear – Cover up with long sleeves, oven mitts, an apron and safety goggles to protect your eyes.
- Monitoring – If the temperature of the fryer is not controlled, it may overheat and cause an explosion. Use a thermometer and follow directions and recipes as closely as possible. Remember that the handles on the fryer and its lid will be very hot and will burn if touched. Always be cautious and use well insulated oven mitts. Also, keep in mind that the fryer will be hot for hours after the turkey is done, allow time to cool off before disposing of the oil.
- Be Ready - A multipurpose fire extinguisher should be nearby and we don’t mean in the house... You will need to be able to quickly and calmly put out any fire that might occur. Have a phone close in case you need to call 911.
Following these tips 5 tips will help get dinner on the table without incident.
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