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Before You Fry: What You Need to Know

FFD Serves Up Outdoor Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

Post Date:11/26/2019 6:28 AM

Fire Inspector Curt EdelmannFranklin, TN - Before you use your outdoor turkey fryer, take a few minutes to read Franklin Fire Department Assistant Fire Marshal Curt Edelmann’s top 13 safety tips:

1) Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and dried before putting it in the fryer.  There are two recommended thawing options: Refrigerator thawing: The USDA recommends thawing your turkey in the refrigerator and allowing one day for each 4 - 5 pounds of weight.  Cold water thawing:  According to Butterball, thawing a turkey in cold water is faster than refrigerator thawing, but requires more care. Place your turkey, in its unopened wrapper, breast down in a sink filled with cold tap water. Change the water every 30 minutes to keep the surface of the turkey cold. Thawing time is about 30 minutes per pound.

2) Outdoor turkey fryers should only be used on a level surface outdoors, at least 15-feet away from your house and combustibles.  The garage is not outdoors.  It’s also a good idea to keep fryers off wooden decks.

3) Do not use outdoor turkey fryers in the rain. 

4) Fill your fryer with water first, put the turkey in to see how much water is displaced, pour out the water, and refill the fryer with oil to that level. 

5) Check hose connections for leaks: Apply a light soap and water solution to the hose. A propane leak will release bubbles. If your fryer has a gas leak, by smell or the soapy bubble test, do not use it.

6) Keep the propane tank away from the fryer.

7) Turn the burner off when putting the turkey in the fryer or taking it out. 

8) Have a B-rated fire extinguisher handy and know how to use it. An ABC fire extinguisher is also sufficient.  Sodium bicarbonate extinguishers are the best choice.  Do not use water or a garden hose on a fire related to an outdoor turkey fryer.

9) Keep pets and kids away from the fryer.

10) Wear long sleeves, hand and eye protection when putting the turkey in the fryer and taking it out. 

11) Never leave the fryer unattended and monitor the cooking oil temperature.  If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.  

12) Let the oil cool overnight before disposing of it.  Do not pour used oil down the storm drain, sink or toilet.  Pour it into a container and throw it in the trash.  Better yet, recycle your cooking oil at the City of Franklin’s Sanitation and Environmental Services Department.  They accept cooking oil year-round at 417 Century Court, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. until noon.

13) If you have a fire, call 9-1-1 immediately.  Use a fire extinguisher only after calling 9-1-1.




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