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Fire Department Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Posted: November 29th, 2021

The city of Melbourne Fire Department has provided us with this great turkey fryer safety tips for the holiday season. 

  • Turkey fryers can tip over easily, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Make sure your turkey fryer is on a sturdy, level surface, and do not move it once it is in use. 
  • Make sure it is at least ten (10) feet away from your home and not under roof eaves. 
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in. Test the amount of oil you need by filling your fryer with water. Place the turkey in the pot making sure the water does not get too close to the top. Measure the water and use that as a guide for filling the pot with oil. 
  • A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when you put it in the cooking pot. make sure your turkey is fully thawed without frost on it before you fry it. 
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. If your turkey fryer does not have a thermostat, use a kitchen thermometer that attaches to the side of the pot. This will help you monitor the temperature of the oil. 
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid, and pot handles can get dangerously hot. Always use protective oven mitts. Keep children and pets at least three (3) feet from the turkey fryer. 
  • Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain. 

Happy holidays!