Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

Did you know, it has been said that the day the fire department receives the most calls is Thanksgiving Day? 70% of all commercial fires take place in restaurants and commercial kitchens. Is it any less likely that the greatest hazard for fire lies in the kitchen at your home? Of course, Thanksgiving Day is the one day when nearly every kitchen in America is operational. In addition to unusually heavy kitchen use, we also have the turkey fryer.

Have you heard of Underwriters Laboratory? This entity certifies appliances, fire equipment, cooking equipment, electrical components and just about anything else for its ability to resist fire, etc. through its listing process. At this time, there is not a single UL listed turkey fryer on the market. Now I love fried turkey, but often turkeys are fried by individuals who don’t have a lot of experience, and commit some serious errors.

  • Never put a frozen turkey in a fryer. Make sure it has been properly thawed and patted dry. (Water and hot grease react very violently when they interact.)
  • Always set up the turkey fryer on level ground, away from the house. Do NOT set up the fryer on the porch, on the deck or in the garage.
  • Always have a fire extinguisher nearby when frying a turkey.
  • Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s requirements, and do not overfill the fryer with grease.
  • Always submerge the turkey slowly.
  • Never leave the turkey fryer unattended.

  • Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Be Safe!

    – Mark

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