Turkey Frying Fire Hazards
A holiday feast, whether it be a Thanksgiving, Christmas, or New Year’s affair, leads many to try out new recipes to impressive family and friends with.
One such recipe involves frying a turkey or other poultry.
This method has risen in popularity over recent years as it’s both a novel and delicious way to cook birds that can otherwise be a bit bland.
However, as the leading provider of trusted fire damage restoration services in Morris County, ServiceMaster by Timeless has to warn New Jersey communities of the inherent risks of attempting to fry a turkey.
The Fire Hazards of Frying a Turkey
The practice of frying food involves heating a large amount of oil to submerge it in.
This is safe enough to do for small dishes such as for dumplings or smaller cuts of meat.
However, to fry a complete turkey requires a lot of oil and this leads to a serious risk of fire damage.
What people may not realize when frying smaller foods is the concept of displacement.
A large object like a turkey will displace an equal amount of oil when it is lowered into the fryer.
This results in flaming oil splashing across the lawn, deck, or patio.
How to Fry a Turkey Safely
- Never leave the frying station unattended
- Use the fryer at least 15 feet away from any nearby structure
- Do not overfill the fryer with oil. Expect the level to rise when the turkey is placed in.
- Ensure the turkey is thawed and at room temperature to avoid a raw center and potential food poisoning.
- Use the fryer according to its instructions and maintain proper oil temperature.
- Have a fire extinguisher nearby
Fire Extinguisher vs Baking Soda
You should never use water to put out a grease fire as this will worsen he situation and cause fire to splash further.
You should use a fire extinguisher as a first option.
Smothering the grease fire with baking soda is also a good option but you should have a large container of it nearby and prepared to use.
Contact a Professional for Turkey Frying Fire Damage
Even small grease fires on a stove can get out of control and cause significant fire damage to a property.
Whether you experienced burn and smoke stains in the kitchen, or have suffered major fire damage on your deck or patio as a result of a frying incident, ServiceMaster by Timeless is on stand-by to respond quickly to assess and repair the damage.