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Below are statistics and safety tips to share with community members about using a turkey fryer and why they can be dangerous.

Did you know?

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Frying food is the greatest risk of cooking fires.

  • Two-thirds (67 percent) of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire.
  • More than half (55 percent) of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves.

Five dangers of deep frying a turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

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SOURCE: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html