Holiday Cooking Tip #3
This week, Company 59 is trying to provide awareness to our readers about cooking the “feast” during the holiday season.
FACTS: Many other cooking fires begin because combustibles are too close to cooking heat sources.
Frying is the cooking method posing the highest risk.
More than half of home cooking injuries occur when people try to fight the fire themselves.
Turkey Fryer Safety Tips
Use turkey fryers outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.
Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
Make sure 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.
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; water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
The National Turkey Federation 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: U.S. Fire Administration