Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires in the United States.
If deep-frying a turkey is the way you are planning to prepare your holiday feast, the Rhode Island Association of Fire Chiefs reminds you to be aware of potential hazards and take the necessary cooking safety precautions before you cook your meal.Please follow the tips below so you can enjoy your day this Thanksgiving:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
- Place all cooking units on a level non-combustible surface
- Locate fryers 30 feet away from structures, trees, or flammable materials.
- 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 then 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.