Tips on how to stay safe when deep frying a turkey

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Allstate Insurance are offering tips for those planning on frying their holiday bird. Deep frying has become a very popular way to prepare turkey on Thanksgiving Day, but Allstate says there is a downside: the increased potential for fire or injury.

Allstate is asking all soon-to-be Thanksgiving chefs to carefully consider the risks of deep frying:

  • The Spillover Effect: Many units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil within the cooking pot. If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner/flames causing a fire to engulf the entire unit. Additionally, partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer can cause a spillover effect.
  • Combustion: With no thermostat controls, fryer units also have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • Burns: The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.

"Don't compromise your safety and the safety of those you love just to achieve a better tasting turkey," cautioned Allstate's Region Vice President Bob Holden in a news release.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also offering the follow tips to help keep you safe:

  • 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 a fryer 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 your 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.