November 25th, 2019| In recent years, deep frying the Thanksgiving turkey has become the most talked about cooking method, and for plenty of good reasons. Deep frying a turkey keeps the meat succulent and juicy while ensuring a perfectly crispy skin. It also cooks significantly faster than in the oven. However, deep frying a turkey can be extremely dangerous, and anyone who attempts it should always use extreme caution. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), more than twice as many fires are started from cooking accidents on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Additionally, frying poses the highest risk of fire of any method of cooking. Based on data gathered between 2014-2016, roughly 2,400 cooking fires occur on residential property every Thanksgiving, causing an average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $19 million in property damage. But if you decide the taste is worth the danger, make sure to keep all potential sources of accident and injury in mind.
Dangers Associated with Deep Fryers
- Deep fryers can tip over and spill dangerously hot oil.
- Overfilling the cooking pot can cause the oil to overflow when the turkey is added.
- Any amount, even a drop, of cooking oil coming in contact with the burner can result in a fire.
- The pot, handle, and lid can become hot enough to cause severe burns.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat the oil and combust.
- Any water that hits the hot oil, even condensation, can cause a spray of flaming oil outward.