Turkey Fryer Safety-Environmental Health & Safety - Carnegie Mellon University

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Turkey Fryer Safety

turkeyAs the holiday season approaches, many of you may be considering joining the ranks of those who prepare their turkey  using a deep fryer.  Deep-fried turkey is growing in popularity, and it certainly is  a delicious and different  way to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey.  However, deep-frying presents a number of hazards, and we’d like to offer these safety tips to enable you to safely prepare your turkey:

 Always use  your  fryer outdoors, on a level surface, and  away from any buildings or other material that can burn.

Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.

Never leave the fryer unattended. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

Never let children or pets near the fryer. Even after use, the oil can remain dangerously hot for hours.

To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer. Fill the fryer with water and place the turkey in it. Tip off the excess water, remove the turkey and mark the level. Thoroughly dry the pan prior to adding oil up to that level.

Use well-insulated oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.

 Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.

Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

By: Jim Gindlesperger, jg57@andrew.cmu.edu, 412-268-3760