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Thanksgiving Cautions: Dangers to Consider before Deep Frying Your Turkey

11/4/2019 (Permalink)

woman pulling smoking turkey out of the oven Thanksgiving safety tips

Serving a deep-fried turkey on Thanksgiving has grown in popularity over the years as people experiment more in their kitchens. While it may be a mouth-watering option is the risk truly worth it? Many of you may have seen the numerous videos of turkey fryer explosions and fires publicized online. Don’t run the risk of property damage or injury – make sure you take the proper precautions when menu planning this season; especially if you are taking on a deep-fried turkey.

  • Turkey Fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Consider the placement of the fryer, is it flat, sturdy, out of reach from children?
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause the oil to spill when the turkey is put in and a frozen or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter (sometimes with great force) when putting in the pot
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilled on a hot burner can cause a considerable flame or fire
  • Without thermostat controls, some turkey fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. Make sure it’s not too hot.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and handles can get dangerously hot. Protect your hands when maneuvering to prevent injury or spillage

Your friends at SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and remind you to stay safe. Remember, our team is on call 24/7 365 days a year, no matter what holiday or time of night. If you experience a fire SERVPRO of Rockingham and Augusta Counties will come to your rescue, don’t hesitate to call (540) 433-6100.

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