KILGORE FIRE DEPARTMENT SAFETY TIPS

Turkey Frying

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Fried turkeys are delicious, but they come with many safety issues. Thousands of fires as well as many deaths and injuries happen each year due to turkey fryer fires. The NFPA (National Fire Protection Association) continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quatity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of propery. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professionals to purchase their turkeys from.
However, if you are going to fry your own turkey follow these safety tips:
• Stay outdoors - stay at least 10 feet away from structures, off of decks and a safe distance from trees.
• Make sure that your turkey is completely thawed and dry.
• Make sure the weather is compatable to outdoor frying. (no rain, sleet, or snow).
• Place your fryer on a level surface and do not move during frying.
• Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
• Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully.
• Do not overfill with cooking oil.
• Do not select a turkey that is too large for your fryer.
• Do not put suffing in the turkey prior to frying and do not use water based marinades.
• Turn the burner off when lowering your turkey into the oil. Turn the burner back on once lowered.
• Wear goggles and oven mitts for protection.
• Have an ABC extinguisher close in the event of a fire.
• Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
• Before disposing of the oil, allow it to cool overnight.
The Kilgore Fire Department wishes you a Blessed and SAFE holiday.

Stay S.A.F.F.E.,
Johnny Bellows
Fire Chief

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