Turkey frying safety tips

Turykey Fryer (Source: Carbondale Fire Department)
Turykey Fryer (Source: Carbondale Fire Department)

CARBONDALE, Ill. (KBSI) – Turkey fryer mishaps are one of the leading causes of Thanksgiving cooking fires.

Avoid using deep-fat turkey fryers. If you decide to use a turkey fryer, the Carbondale Fire Department offers these safety tips:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dried. Water causes oil to spill over, leading to fire or even an explosion.
  • Turn the gas off before placing the turkey in the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer.
    Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Those wanting more information on cooking fires can call the Carbondale Fire Department at 618-457-3234.

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