Spend Thanksgiving with Family, Not the Fire Department

Many Kentuckians enjoy preparing their Thanksgiving turkey using a gas-fired fryer instead of baking it in the oven. The quick cook time, juicy meat and crispy skin are appealing reasons for using a deep fryer. Less attractive are the associated risks.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires cause an average of 5 deaths, 60 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage each year.

Designed for Danger

In order to accommodate the average size turkey, deep fryers have to be able to hold a large amount of oil (approximately 5 gallons). Designed for outdoor use, turkey fryers require a connection to some type of gas source (most often propane) that heats the oil to around 350 degrees Fahrenheit. The biggest danger is that the heated oil can be ignited by the open flame. It only takes a small quantity of oil to splash onto the gas for the results to be devastating. This can happen very easily if it’s raining or snowing, if a partially thawed or unthawed turkey is used, if the oil is overfilled, or if the turkey is carelessly dropped into the fryer. Furthermore, people have suffered severe burns after tripping and falling in or against the fryer. Serious property damage has occurred from fires that took place in a garage or on a patio. Turkey fryers should not be used in closed spaces and should be kept off all wooden structures, like patios and decks. A fryer in use should never be unattended and a fire extinguisher should be readily available. Fires have been so prevalent that an oil-less fryer is now available that cooks the turkey with infrared waves.

Safety Tips

Those who choose the hot oil route should consider these guidelines:
  • Get a fryer with a sealed lid.
  • Don’t improperly thaw the turkey.
  • Dry the turkey before putting it in the hot oil.
  • Don’t overfill the oil.
  • Cook in an open area away from trees, buildings and fences.
  • Don’t use ice to cool the oil.
  • Cover all bare skin when dunking or removing the turkey.
  • Wear eye protection.
  • Do not leave the fryer unsupervised.
  • Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
  • If the oil begins to smoke, turn the gas off immediately.
  • Do not spray water on any fire.
At the Johnson Law Firm, we hope you have an enjoyable and safe holiday. Please consult our personal injury lawyers if you or someone you love has been hurt during a turkey frying incident or any other type of accident.

Attorney Billy Johnson

William “Billy” Johnson grew up in the Dorton area of Pike County, Kentucky, and early on decided to stay in the beautiful Appalachian mountains. Like many others in Eastern Kentucky, Billy’s dad worked as a coal miner, a hard job but one that taught his son how to meet challenges head on and persevere. Attorney Billy Johnson has years of experience helping injured clients with claims such as car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, wrongful deaths, work injuries, and more. [ Attorney Bio ]

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