Deep frying a turkey on Thanksgiving has become a popular trend, leading to delicious yet potentially dangerous results. Deep fried turkeys carry a greater fire risk than their traditional baked counterparts, and additional safety steps should be taken to ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday.
Every Thanksgiving results in reports of house fires caused by deep frying turkeys. When oil is used to cook, there is a risk that the oil will splatter and catch fire, leading to serious burns. Turkey fryers are even more likely to cause burns because they combine gallons of oil, open gas fires, and unstable frames.
Removing the turkey from the deep fryer can also lead to serious injuries. These turkeys are often heavy and extremely hot, and burns can occur while lifting the turkey or making contact with the sides of the cooking pot.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends several safety tips if you decide to deep fry your turkey. The agency says that turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and other flammable materials; you should check the oil temperature and avoid overfilling the fryer, and never let children or pets near the fryer.
Personal injury attorneys at the Pintas & Mullins Law Firm wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving!