Dangers of Frying a Turkey


Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and for many, that means delicious feasts with family and friends. The traditional Thanksgiving meal includes a turkey, and while there are many methods to cooking the perfect turkey, some people opt to fry their turkey. Frying a turkey perfectly can result in crispy skin and juicy, tender meat. However, Brownstone is here to remind you of the dangers of frying a turkey.

Frying a turkey involves cooking your turkey in gallons of cooking oil heated by propane. Turkey fryers can be a usual method to achieve a deep-fried turkey, but they come with risks.

Fire departments remind folks that turkey fryers have a high risk of tipping over, overheating or spilling hot oil. Fires, burns and other injuries are associated with turkey fryers every year.

If you are using a turkey fryer this year, remember these tips:

  1. Always use your fryer outdoors. It should be located on a level surface located away from your home, shrubs, sheds and anything else that may catch fire in the event of an accident.
  2. Do not use the fryer inside a garage, shed or on a wooden porch.
  3. Do not leave the fryer unattended. Turkey fryers do not have thermostat controls, so leaving them unattended increases the risk for overflowing hot oil and fires.
  4. Use high-quality, well-insulated oven mitts and protective eye goggles to protect yourself from oil spatter.
  5. Keep a functioning fire extinguisher close-by.

From everyone here at Brownstone Insurance, we wish all of our friends and customers a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!