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HFD Offers Safety Tips for Turkey Fryers

The Houston Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. HFD recommends the following safety tips if you will be frying a turkey.

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips:

• Turkey fryers are extremely dangerous
• Always use turkey fryers outdoors away from anything that can burn
• Never use them on wooden decks or in garages
• Never leave the fryer unattended or let children or pets near the fryer
• The oil will remain dangerously hot hours after use
• Never overfill a fryer and make sure the turkey is completely thawed
• Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish the fire

You Will Need: In addition to a completely thawed turkey, you’ll need a 40 or 60 quart pot with basket or turkey frying hardware, plus a propane gas tank and burner, a candy/deep fry thermometer, a meat thermometer and lots of oil. Use oils that have a high smoke point, such as corn, peanut or canola oils.

As far as the turkey itself goes, smaller birds work better for frying. Try not to go over 15 lbs. Before You Fry- Please read and follow all manufacturers instructions.

These tips will help to prevent oil overflow: Before beginning, (and before you even season or marinate your turkey) determine the amount of oil you’ll need by placing the turkey in the basket (or on the hanger, depending on the type of fryer you are using) and putting it in the pot. Add water until it reaches about two inches above the turkey. Remove the turkey and note the water level by using a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the pot to the surface of the water. Remove the water and thoroughly dry the pot. Now add enough oil to equal what the water level was without the turkey in the pot.

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