Beware Turkey Fryers!

Gobble, Gobble……..of course now is the time to be thinking about those very hazardous oil filled Turkey fryers.  A couple of thoughts before you decide to use one….

 

  • Don’t use it.  Find an oil-less fryer!!  They’re out there.
  • UL and the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) are totally against them.  Neither company will Certify them.  Here’s their websites on the matter –

–  http://www.ul.com/global/eng/pages/offerings/perspectives/consumer/productsafety/turkeys/

–  http://www.nfpa.org/safety-information/for-consumers/causes/cooking/turkey-fryers

 

  • If you must use them –
    • Outdoors only
    • Supervised only
    • The turkey needs to be completely thawed all the way through
    • The oil gets to 350°F.  That’ really hot!!!  Understand the vapors coming out – not only the top, but also may leak through the sides is combustible and can ignite with a spark.
    • Rain or other cold water hitting the fryer can get it to splash hot oil and/or ignite
    • Most of the fryers on the market are prone to tip over.  Be sure the area is clear of any combustibles in case that hot oil spills out.
    • Keep kids away!!!!
    • Always turn it off and don’t leave the area until the fryer is cooled down to room temperature.
    • See item number 1 above