Fire officials warn of turkey fryer dangers

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As you may be planning the menu for a Thanksgiving feast, area fire officials are warning of the dangers of turkey fryers.

The Glendale Fire Department says people using turkey fryers are putting themselves at extreme risk for property damage and severe burns, and sometimes they can even be fatal. For these reasons, the Glendale Fire Department strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers.

If you choose to fry a turkey this Thanksgiving, they recommend the following tips.

  • Wear proper clothing. A long-sleeve shirt, pants, gloves and closed-toe shoes are recommended.
  • Use the proper utensils to lower the turkey into pot and for removal.
  • Set up the fryer outside, in a safe area, away from children and pets. Make sure there are no overhangs above the fryer, such as trees and shrubs. Never use a fryer underneath a patio or in a garage.
  • Place the fryer on a flat, sturdy surface, as it can easily tip over, spilling oil.
  • Do not place oil above the "fill" line located on side of most pots.
  • Beware of people with nut allergies when using peanut oil in a fryer.
  • Thaw the turkey completely, as excess water will cause oil to overflow, resulting in fire engulfing the pot and propane tank.
  • Oil should not be heated past 350 degrees, and 325 degrees is the optimal temperature.
  • Turn off the gas prior to lowering turkey in pot. Once turkey is fully submerged, you may turn the gas/flame back on.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended. 
  • After turkey is fully cooked, allow the oil to cool for two to three hours before disposing.
  • To dispose of the oil, mix with coffee grounds, sawdust or kitty litter, then dispose of in the trash.
  • Never pour oil down drains, as this will clog your plumbing.

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