Thanksgiving is a time of traditions and family gatherings. Turkey is the main course of this holiday and is loved by so many. Deep-frying the turkey has become a tradition for many families because of it being faster than our traditional oven option. Not to mention how delicious, moist and juicy the bird is when deep fried. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving Day is responsible for more fires than any other day during the year. Three times the structure fires happen that day to be exact! Obviously, this is due to oil being a combustible substance. Elite Restoration has some tips for you this Thanksgiving holiday when you decide to deep fry that turkey.
Use your Safety gear
We all know that oil is famous for splattering. Make sure you protect yourself and skin. Use oven mitts, gloves, safety glasses, wear pants and long sleeves. You can never be too cautious.
Use in an open area
Your deep fryer should only be used outside on a flat surface in an open space. This means away from ALL structures, no wood decks, covered patios, trees/shrubs, etc. We know Idaho is cold this time of year but, stay out of the garage too. Be sure to keep children and pets away as the deep fryer can tip easily. Once you are done and the bird is removed the oil will be hot for hours. Cover the deep fryer and let cool overnight.
Oil and water do NOT mix
Do not operate the deep fryer in the rain or snow. Please find an alternative to cooking your turkey if weather does not permit. Your turkey should be completely thawed and patted dry. Once that is completed measure your oil level and be sure not to overfill your fryer. This could result in the entire fryer engulfing in flames. Thermostats are a must to check your oil temperature regularly. Oil will overheat and if not monitored will catch fire as it is a combustible substance.
Fire extinguisher on hand
NO WATER!!!! Never use water for a fire that is cause by oil. A fire extinguisher close by is an absolute must. You can never be too careful!
Just watch this video created by State Farm and Jase and Si from Duck Dynasty for a comical approach to a very serious potential hazard. Every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of roughly 1,000 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.