Read this before Deep Frying Your Thanksgiving Turkey - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on November 24, 2015

Read this before Deep Frying Your Thanksgiving Turkey

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Grant Gegwich
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Crozer Burn Center
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Deep fried turkey may be delicious, but attempting the frying process at home can be incredibly dangerous. Most home fryers feature open flames and require a large amount of hot oil, which presents a number of serious safety issues and burn risks.

Should You Fry a Turkey?

The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. The use of turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property.

If fried turkey is a must for you and your family, it is recommended that you rely on professional establishments, such as restaurants, grocery stores or specialty food retailers.

Dangers of Home Turkey Fryers

This video explains the hazards and dangers of using a home turkey fryer.

If You Decide to Fry: Safety First

If you decide to proceed with at-home frying, there are several safety tips to consider before you begin.

  • Give Yourself Plenty of Space: Position your fryer more than 10 feet away from your home or any other standing structure. Ensure there is ample headroom above your fryer (no tents, sheds or low hanging branches). Children and pets should be kept away from the fryer throughout the cooking process.
  • Keep the Fryer Stable: Place your fryer on a flat, level surface where nothing will cause the oil to slosh around.
  • Use a Thawed, Dry Turkey: Extra water or ice will cause the oil to bubble furiously and could result in a spill over. Oil that spills from the fryer could land on the burner and can cause a fire. (Remember: If the turkey is not properly thawed, the ice could be on the inside the turkey where you cannot see it, but the oil can still reach it.)
  • Watch It: Never leave the fryer unattended and monitor the temperature of the oil at all times.
  • Don’t Touch with Bare Hands: Always use tongs, oven mitts or hot pads when touching any part of the fryer to avoid burns. Even the lid and handles can become very hot when cooking at such high temperatures.
  • Be Prepared: You must always have a fire extinguisher on hand and ready in the event that the oil ignites. Check to ensure your extinguisher is in good working order before you begin.

Crozer Burn Center

Recognized as a national leader in burn care, the Crozer Burn Center has been verified by the American Burn Association and the American College of Surgeons, is a center of excellence for both pediatric and adult burn patients and was the first in the region to provide this standard of care for patients of all ages.

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