Safety Tips for Deep-Frying a Turkey

Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire

If severe bodily injury and property damage from flammable cooking oil and an open flame is not enough to deter you from ultimate kitchen dominance with a perfectly moist and tender deep-fried turkey, then please follow the guidance below provided by the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA)1:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials outdoors.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer. Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.
  • Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • Keep an “ABC” fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.