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.