Nov. 27, 2013. November and December also bring us Holidays and holiday cooking. In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular. While people swear that deep frying a turkey is the best way to cook one, it is a cooking method that can be quite dangerous. Below are some tips to follow to keep you and your family safe this Holiday season when deep frying a turkey.
Fryers should always be used outdoors on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable objects. Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
Do not over fill the fryer.
Never leave the fryer unattended because without a thermostat control the heater will continue to heat the oil until it catches fire.
Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for several hours.
Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and long sleeves to protect from the heat and splatters.
Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in the fryer.
Cooking is the leading cause of all home fires and home fire injuries in the United States. General Cooking Safety.
Do not leave cooking unattended, when cooking on the stove top same in the kitchen at all times, do not leave the house while cooking in the oven.
Turn pan handles inward to prevent food spills. Use back burners when possible.
Create a 3 foot ‘safe zone’ around any cooking appliance – that’s 3 feet clear of anything that can catch fire such as paper towels, free of any children or pets.
Wear short, close fitting or tight sleeves when cooking.
Keep all cooking surfaces clean and free of grease.
Never cook with charcoal inside the home.