Turkey fryers can ruin Thanksgiving

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  • By Christopher Hughes
  • Eglin Fire Department
Turkey Fryers can ruin your Thanksgiving.

That's the warning from the Eglin Air Force Base Fire and Emergency Services Flight has for those who aren't careful.

Please be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions when operating turkey fryers. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, the majority of reported turkey fryer incidents occur while the oil is being heated.

To help reduce the fire and burn dangers associated with cooking with turkey fryers, please follow the advice of the Eglin Fire and Emergency Services Flight, CPSC and the Underwriters Laboratories.
  • Before cooking, it is recommended to have a minimum of a 10-pound ABC Dry Chemical fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Also ensure there's a working telephone
  • Only use turkey fryers outdoors, away from building or material that can catch fire in full view
  • Make sure there is at least two feet of space between the liquid propane tank and the fryer burner.
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer when in use, and several hours after cooking.
  • Never place the fryer on wooden decks or under a garage, carport or breezeway.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Monitor the recommended temperature closely.
  • If any smoke comes from the heating pot of oil, turn the burner off immediately. This means the oil is overheated.
  • Cover bare skin and use pot holders at all times when handling the pot.
  • Follow the manufacturer's recommendation for the amount of oil to add.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dried before adding to the oil. Water and ice crystals can cause the oil to splatter or spill over and create fire.
If there is a fire, don't use water. Call 911 immediately. Never attempt to use water on a grease fire. If available, use a 10-pound ABC Dry Chemical Fire Extinguisher to extinguish the fire. If the fire should get out of control, evacuate everyone at least 150 feet away and wait for the fire department. A fire extinquisher class is held every Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Bldg. 255. To attend, please call 882-3229 option 5.