Northshore fire officials warn of turkey frying dangers

Videos show danger

Dave Cohen, WWL First News early edition
November 17, 2018 - 6:22 pm

St. Tammany Fire District No. 1  has issued warnings and a video to show the dangers of frying turkies as Thanksgiving approaches.

The goal is "to show people the dangers of improperly frying a turkey."

Authorities say people should remember to use a thermometer to avoid overheating the oil. 

"Do not overfill the pot with cooking oil," Fire Prevention Officer Jason Gaubert said. "Make sure your turkey is fully defrosted. Also make sure your pot is on a flat non-combustible surface and never fry a turkey indoors or under a covered structure." 

The National Fire Protection Association discourages the use of turkey friers all together.

NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use cooking oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. In addition, the burners that heat the oil can ignite spilled oil. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."

The National Fire Protection Association says:

  •     Frying poses the greatest risk of fire
  •     Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires

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