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Fire Chief Chris Kaufmann           

Turkey Deep Frying Dangers

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the United States Fire Administration (USFA)

  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires
  • Fire Departments in the U.S. respond to more than 1,000 fires each year involving deep-fryer, resulting in more than $15 million in property damage
  • An overfilled pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in and even a small amount contacting the hot burner will cause a large fire
  •  A partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot
  • Cooking without a thermometer can result in the oil be heating to dangerous levels, which can become combustible above 350 degrees and its vapors can ignite
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot
  • Never deep fry a turkey indoors or under a low porch ceiling and never leave it unattended
  • Maintain a safe distance of at least 10 feet from the outside of a home or any outdoor structure
  • Place the burner on a stable non-combustible surface to prevent the pot from tipping over or catching the floor on fire

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Chad Duffaut

Chief of Fire Prevention/PIO


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