Deep Fried Delight: Avoiding a Home Fire While Deep-Frying Your TurkeyBy Home Security Source Nov 23, 2010 | 11:20:00 amPosted in: Fire Prevention, Home
Deep-frying the star of the Thanksgiving Day meal has become a popular holiday trend. However, deep-frying a turkey is not for the faint of heart. Over 100 fire incidents involving turkey fryers have been recorded since 1999. If you plan to take on deep-frying a turkey, first be fire smart and then enjoy your fried masterpiece. The Bird
For fire safety and food safety reasons, it is important that the turkey you purchase to deep-fry is no larger than 12-14 pounds. Also, keep in mind that the turkey must be completely thawed, thoroughly cleaned, dried and NOT stuffed. The Frying
One of the most important things to know about deep-frying a turkey is that it must be performed in a safe outdoor location. This means, never on a wooden deck, in the garage or near flammable materials like low hanging branches or outdoor furniture/equipment. It is also important not to leave the fryer unattended; make sure there is always a pair of eyes watching the turkey cook. If you are in charge of this Thanksgiving Day delicacy, be sure that the fryer is on a level surface and wear safety goggles, well-insulated oven mitts and have a fire extinguisher handy. The Clean Up
While waiting for your turkey to cool let the frying oil cool too. The piping hot oil will need plenty of time to cool down and while it does keep pets and kids away from the cooling fryer and hot oil. Related Articles: 8 Safety Tips for Cooking on Thanksgiving Day Be Careful in the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Tips Travel Security Tips for Turkey Day
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