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Bakersfield Fire Department gives tips on how to stay safe while frying during Thanksgiving

Posted at 8:09 AM, Nov 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 11:09:35-05
Traditional turkey cooking methods include the practice of deep-frying, and this method is inherently more dangerous than oven-based methods and can result in serious fire- and burn-injury related accidents.
 
The hazards of turkey frying are multi-dimensional with combustible liquid fires, propane fires, severe contact-burns and other fire-related injuries possible.
 
Follow these safety tips from the Bakersfield Fire Department to ensure your Thanksgiving goes off without a hitch:
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from structures.
  • Never use fryers under patio covers, on wooden decks or in garages
  • Use fryers on flat surfaces to reduce the possibility of accidental tipping
  • Never leave the fryer unattended
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times
  • Do not overfill the fryer, it may result in a "spill-over" of hot oil
  • Safety goggles and potholders or oven mitts should be used when utilizing the fryer
  • Turkey must be completely thawed to avoid oil splattering and "boil-over"
  • Turkey should be free of loose ice and water to avoid oil splattering and "boil-over"
  • Choose a smaller (10-12 lbs) turkey to fry to reduce the potential for accidents
  • Never use water to extinguish a grease fire - use an all-purpose fire extinguisher