How to fry a turkey safely

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    The Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company has sent in these tips on how to safely fry a turkey. They say they expect to be responding to turkey frying mishaps today. Try these tips for a safe and crispy Thanksgiving:

    THANKSGIVING SAFETY
    During the Thanksgiving holiday fire departments across Harford County will likely respond to fire and EMS incidents directly related to turkey fryers accidents. To help prevent major property damage, serious injury and even death the BAVFC has a few safety tips backyard chefs can follow when cooking with these devices:
    • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not modify or alter their operational directions.
    • NEVER use a turkey fryer indoors, this includes on decks and in garages. Keep the fryer outdoors and a safe distance away from any combustible materials. This includes trees, vehicles, fences, and breezeways.
    • Never overfill the fryer with oil. Again follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding this process.
    • Never leave the fryer unattended. The oil in an unattended fryer can rapidly increase in temperature and catch fire. Thermostats and emergency shutoffs should not be used as a replacement for human oversight.
    • Never allow children or pets near the fryer, even after the cooking is complete. The oil will remain hot for hours after use.
    • Always make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before cooking. Placing a frozen or wet turkey into hot oil is akin to throwing gasoline on a fire. Remember oil and water does not mix.
    • Always have a properly rated (B/C or ABC) and charged fire extinguisher next to your cooking area. NEVER try to extinguish a grease fire with water. If you are unable to contain a fire call 911 immediately and remove all persons from the area.
    • Turkey fryers operate by propane and an open flame. Make sure to use extreme caution around this flame and the propane as they present their own hazards to the backyard chef.
    • Carefully watch the temperature of the oil and turn off the heat if the oil begins to smoke.
    HAVE A HAPPY (AND SAFE) THANKSGIVING FROM THE BEL AIR VFC!!
    FOR MORE INFORMATION/QUESTIONS CONTACT
    RICH GARDINER @ 410-977-0587 OR RHGARDINER@HARFORDPUBLICSAFETY.ORG OR 3145@BAVFC.ORG