Are you considering deep frying your turkey for this Thanksgiving? Sometimes, deep frying turkey can result in a sweet and moist meal, but other times a turkey fryer can result in disaster. The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of outdoor gas fueled turkey fryers because the fryers use so much cooking oil at such high temperatures. In the past, these deep fryers have caused severe burns to users as well as property damage.
The NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments who can prepare the dish for them. Mainly, the NFPA is concerned that hot oil can splash or spill during the cooking process. If the fryer is jarred or tipped over, then the oil can slosh and spill down into the burner, igniting a flame. Also, the hot oil can land on skin, causing a serious injury. Also, any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials can lead to serious injury.
The fryers are designed for outdoor use, but many individuals ignorantly decide to deep fry their turkey inside their home. This is also very dangerous and is an offense that should be avoided. Instead, the fryers should be used far from property in a wide open space outside. They should not used in garages or on porches.
Hot oil is combustible if it is heated to too high a temperature. Fox News reports that if consumers heat their fryer to 450 degrees, then the oil can catch on fire on its own. It is essential that those using these fryers keep the temperature around 350 degrees Fahrenheit.