Safe ways to fry a turkey

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – If you plan on deep-frying a turkey for Thanksgiving, the Lafayette Fire Department is giving tips on how to properly do so without causing a fire.

Each year in the United States, it’s estimated that on Thanksgiving there are more than 1,000 structure fires caused by deep fryers.

If you plan on frying a turkey for Thanksgiving, Fire Inspector Todd Trent said there are some safety measures to keep in mind.

“Make sure that you are 25 feet away from any combustible construction, not in your garage, not on your deck, completely away from any of that,” said Trent.

Trent said people also need to make sure the deep fryer is on a flat surface, all liquid propane lines are tight, and the tank is as far from the fire as possible.

The correct temperature should be between 325 and 350 degrees.

“Once you hit your oil mark and your temperature that is ready for frying, go ahead and lower the turkey at a low slow pace, until the turkey hits the bottom of the pan,” said Trent.

Before you fry your turkey, make sure your turkey is completely thawed and dried. It takes about 24 hours for every five pounds for your turkey to thaw.

“The biggest mistake people make is they overfill the fryer with oil, and once they place the turkey into the pan, it boils over and then auto ignites,” said Trent. “This is when people usually try to stop the flames with water, which is the wrong thing to do.”

Some additional tips to keep in mind include:

  • Make sure to wear protective gloves before dropping the turkey to prevent grease burns.
  • Have an extinguisher handy in case it catches fire.

The cooking oils recommended for frying a turkey include canola, peanut, or vegetable oil. These oils have lower chances of catching fire.

Frying the turkey for too long also increases the risk of it catching fire. The proper amount of time to fry is three to three and a half minutes per pound.

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