Frying TurkeysNovember 16, 2015
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly discourages using gas-fueled fryers that immerse the turkey in oil. The highest number of cooking fires in the U.S. occur on Thanksgiving Day. The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) shares five dangers of deep frying a turkey:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
- Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
- The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
When in doubt, don’t fry at home!