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Deep Fried Turkey, Safety Tips Edition

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

A turkey in a fryer Deep fried turkey is tasty, but always remember safety first.

It’s nearly a tradition of its own. Deep Fried Turkey has become a widespread delicacy, and is usually on the menu somewhere for Thanksgiving. Everyone knows that deep frying a turkey is a quick method of cooking that provides a crispy and flavorful bird. However, deep frying a turkey is a more dangerous method of cooking. Having gallons of hot cooking oil over an open flame can be a recipe for disaster. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor, gas-fueled deep fryers due to their risk of injury and damage to your property. If you still choose to use a deep fryer for your holiday feast, please follow the following safety measures provided by the National Fire Prevention Agency:

  • Set up your deep fryer on a flat surface, more than 10 feet away from any structures.
  • Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before slowly placing it in the hot oil.
  • Do not leave the fryer unattended. Continuously monitor the temperature of the oil.
  • Protect yourself. Lids and handles can become very hot and cause burns. Wear proper personal protective equipment.
  • Have a fire extinguisher ready at all times. A multipurpse, dry-powder unit is best. Be sure to keep children and pets away from the area while cooking.

PASS Fire Extinguisher Tips

10/29/2021 (Permalink)

A red fire extinguisher sits on a kitchen counter Fire extinguishers can save lives and limit property damage.

A portable fire extinguisher can be a life and property saving tool when used correctly. In order to operate a fire extinguisher, the NFPA suggests remembering the word PASS.

  • Pull the pin, pointing away from you and release the locking mechanism.
  • Aim low. Point at the base of the fire.
  • Squeeze the lever slowly and evenly.
  • Sweep from side-to-side.

Read the instructions on the fire extinguisher and become familiar with it before a fire breaks out. Encourage your family members and coworkers to do the same. Remember, extinguishers do have their limitations! It is also important to ensure you have the correct type of extinguisher for your home or facility. A fire can happen at any time, but being prepared and knowing how to use a fire extinguisher can not only save lives, but also save money in repairs to property damage.