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:
- 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.
- Do not use the fryer inside a garage, shed or on a wooden porch.
- 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.
- Use high-quality, well-insulated oven mitts and protective eye goggles to protect yourself from oil spatter.
- 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!