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Think safety this holiday: Tips for frying turkeys

By Camille Doty
Nov. 20, 2011 at 5:20 a.m.


The Victoria Fire Department would like to remind the residents of Victoria to practice fire safety during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

Turkey fryers pose numerous fire and safety hazards. It is important to follow the following guidelines when deep frying a turkey.

The Victoria Fire Department wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. If you have any questions, please contact the Victoria Fire Marshal's Office at 361-485-3460.

Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.

Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.

Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.

To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.

To determine how much oil to use in the deep fryer, fill the pot with water and lower the turkey into it. The water should cover the turkey without spilling over. Remove the turkey and measure the amount of water left in the pot. Discard the water and dry the pot. Then fill the pot with oil.

Be sure to dry the turkey thoroughly before lowering it into the oil.

Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.

Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.

The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.

Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

Source: Victoria Fire Department Fire Marshal Tom Legler

Reported fires on Thanksgiving Day in Victoria

2007 - 1

2004 - 1

2002 - 2

2001 - 1

This will be the first Thanksgiving in the Crossroads for Victoria Fire Department Fire Marshal Tom Legler.

Legler said safety is important. One point he stressed:

"You've got to measure your oil before you put the turkey inside."

The Victoria Fire Department would like to remind the residents of Victoria to practice fire safety during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.



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