This is an excerpt from the article, “CPSC Issues Safety Tips for Turkey Fryers ” For more info, please visit http://www.cspc.gov.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is issuing safety tips for preventing fires and burns when using turkey fryers. Since 1998, CPSC has reports of 75 incidents that involved fires, flames, or burns associated with turkey fryers. Twenty-eight of these incidents were reported for the year 2002. Here are some of the hazard scenarios:
House fires associated with turkey fryers leading to injuries and property damage.
Ignition of oil used with turkey fryers. This was often related to oil reaching excess temperatures or oil contacting the open flame of the fryer.
Splashing of hot oil causing burns.
The majority of reported incidents occurred while the oil was being heated, prior to adding the turkey. For this reason, it is very important consumers monitor the temperature of the oil closely. If any smoke at all is noticed coming from a heating pot of oil, the burner should be turned off immediately because the oil is overheated.
There is a risk of injury resulting from splashing due to the cooking of partially frozen meats. Thoroughly thaw and dry ALL meats before cooking in hot oil. One reported burn incident occurred when partially frozen chicken wings were added to hot oil in a turkey fryer.
CPSC staff is working with industry and voluntary standards organizations to improve the safety standard for turkey fryers.
CPSC staff recommends consumers who choose to fry turkeys follow the following safety guidelines:
Keep fryer in FULL VIEW while burner is on.
Place fryer in an open area AWAY from all walls, fences, or other structures.
Never use IN, ON, or UNDER a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, or any structure that can catch fire.
Raise and lower food SLOWLY to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
COVER bare skin when adding or removing food.
Check the oil temperature frequently.
If oil begins to smoke, immediately turn gas supply OFF.
If a fire occurs, immediately call 911. DO NOT attempt to extinguish fire with water.