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:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
- 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.
- Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
- The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.