1. Outdoor use only
Always set up your turkey fryer outdoors on a level surface. Never operate it inside a garage, on a wooden deck, or any enclosed or covered area due to the risk of fire and carbon monoxide buildup.
2. Maintain a safe distance
Ensure the fryer is placed at least 10 feet away from your home or any structure. This prevents the risk of fire in case of oil splatters or spills.
3. Thaw the turkey completely
Make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dry before frying. Ice or water mixed with hot oil can lead to splattering and potentially cause burns.
4. Check the oil level
Before heating the oil, check the fryer’s manual for the recommended oil level. Overfilling the fryer with oil can result in spills or overflow when the turkey is added.
5. Monitor oil temperature
Use a reliable thermometer to monitor the oil temperature regularly. Heating the oil to the appropriate temperature (usually around 350°F/175°C) is crucial to cook the turkey safely and avoid oil overheating.
6. Wear safety gear
Protect yourself by wearing safety goggles, long sleeves, and oven mitts. Avoid loose clothing that could potentially catch fire.
7. Slowly lower the turkey
Lower the turkey into the hot oil slowly and carefully to prevent splatters. Use the fryer’s hook or a sturdy utensil to avoid direct contact with the hot oil.
8. Never leave unattended
Never leave the turkey fryer unattended while it’s in use. A momentary distraction could lead to a hazardous situation.
9. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby
Have a fire extinguisher rated for grease fires nearby and know how to use it. In case of a fire, do not use water to extinguish; instead, turn off the fryer and use the fire extinguisher.
10. Allow cooling time
Once finished, turn off the fryer and allow the oil to cool completely before removing it or attempting to clean the equipment.
11. Proper disposal
Once the oil has cooled, properly dispose of it according to local regulations. Do not pour it down the drain as it can cause blockages.
At Dexter Company, we understand the joy of creating memorable meals during the holidays. By following these turkey fryer safety guidelines, you can ensure a delicious and accident-free turkey frying experience for you and your loved ones. Check out this print out from the U.S. Fire Administration for a visual representation of the most important turkey fryer safety guidelines. Wishing you a safe and delightful holiday season!