No one wants the Thanksgiving Day holiday marred by an avoidable home accident. With the growing popularity of turkey fryers, accidents can happen. They can be unsafe.

  Turkey fryers look like a large commercial coffee pot  and are filled with oil heated to 350º Fahrenheit. Turkeys are placed in the hot oil for frying. The big problem is that people often fill the fryers too full of oil and it overflows when the bird is placed inside, and the cascading oil hits the heating flames below, causing an instant fire.

Also, turkey fryers are often unstable and easy to tip over. Finally, many lack adequate thermostat controls, with the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

Here are safety tips for using a turkey fryer:

  • Use a fryer outdoors, safely away from buildings or other burnable materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
  • Make sure to use a flat surface to avoid accidental tipping.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended. If not watched, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never allow children or pets near a fryer before, during or after use. The oil can stay dangerously hot for hours after use.
  • Do not overfill fryer with oil. Test with water beforehand.
  • Use pot holder and, if possible, wear goggles to protect eyes from splatter.
  • Keep a properly charged fire extinguisher nearby.

We wish you a very happy Thanksgiving, however you may cook the turkey!