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Fire Restoration, In The Community, News November 27, 2019

The Do’s and Don’ts of Deep Frying a Turkey

Many families deep fry their turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires. Here are the do’s and don’ts of frying a turkey so you, your family and that turkey stay safe:


  • Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and structures.
  • Keep the fryer on a stable and level surface.
  • Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Remember oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
  • Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that’s 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
  • Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms. In case of emergency keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.


  • Never leave fryers unattended.
  • Never leave kids or pets around the fryer.
  • Don’t use too much oil. Dipping your turkey into too much oil will cause oil to spill from the pot and can result in significant injury and/or fire once the oil comes into contact with the fire or heating element.
  • Avoid moving the fryer when it is in use.
  • Don’t deep fry a frozen turkey. Thaw the turkey in the refrigerator for at least 3 to 4 days prior to cooking. Allowing ice or water into the hot oil can cause flare ups.
  • Watch the weather forecast, you never want to work with a fryer when it’s raining or snowing outside.
  • Never put the turkey into the fryer when the burner is on. Submerge turkey in oil and then turn on burner.

Sources: https://www.statefarm.com/simple-insights/residence/15-turkey-fryer-safety-tips


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