DAYTONA TIMES STAFF
Volusia County Fire Rescue issued a statement this week urging those who plan to fry their turkeys to be aware of the risks. Cooking a turkey in a vat of boiling oil can lead to serious burns.
The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil because of their inherent dangers and risks of the cooking process.
“Units can be over-full, and when the turkey is added, the hot oil can spill over and catch fire from the direct gas flame used to heat the fryer,” cautioned Jeff Smith, fire chief for Volusia County Fire Rescue. “It’s a dangerous process that should be avoided. New oil-free fryers put the cook and family members at much less risk.”
If you are going to deep-fry your turkey anyway, limit the risks as much as possible. Start by using the fryer outside and at a safe distance from the home.
“Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch,” Smith added. “Make sure you don’t use too much oil, and never leave the turkey fryer unattended.”
Follow these additional safety tips to further reduce your risk:
•Establish a no-kid zone around the fryer.
•Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves when you’re cooking.
•Keep flammable items – including oven mitts, towels, dry grass and dead leaves – away from the fryer.
•If you’re sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use a fryer.
•Keep a working fire extinguisher nearby.
•Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
For more fire safety tips, visit volusia.org/fire.