Thanksgiving just happens to be the leading day for kitchen cooking fires and most injuries are related and caused by unattended dishes.
A demonstration of a fire caused by deep frying a turkey shows the turkey up in flames and the porch catching fire seconds after.
“We don’t want any one to risk their safety,” says Lt. Kevin Murphy from the Honey Creek Fire Department. “The best practice is to call us as soon as they can. Um, the sooner we can get there the sooner we can help them so if you delay in calling us then that’s only going to put us behind the eight-ball so to speak.”
Up to five gallons of oil must be heated before placing the turkey into the cooker.
But tests have shown that a number of available turkey fryers are not up to code, resulting in a serious risk for fire or scalding.
Even cooking a turkey in the oven has some risks.
“One things with Thanksgiving is that turkeys take a while to cook,” says Murphy. “So try not to leave your house unattended. Especially your kitchen unattended while that turkey is in the oven. And always keep somebody near by. You don’t have to hover over the oven. But keep somebody at the house just in case something goes wrong with the oven. As far as deep frying a turkey. Always do it outside. Be sure that turkey is dry. Water and hot grease do not mix at all.”
Other tips and tricks for cooking your turkey is to make sure it is completely thawed.
Also remember to use well insulated pot holders or oven mitts when touching the lid or handle.
You may even consider wearing safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter if you’re deep frying.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby or located in the kitchen for easy access.
In the event of an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the door closed and call 911 immediately.