Fire officials urge caution when frying turkeys
Wake County Fire Marshal Ray Echevarria has urged residents to be extremely careful Thanksgiving if they choose to use a turkey fryer. The recent popularity of the large fryers has lead to an increase in fires caused by their use.Posted — Updated
If you choose to use one of these fryers, officials urge you to follow these critical safety steps:
- Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn.
- Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
- Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
- Never leave the fryer unattended. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil may continue to heat until it catches fire.
- Never let children or pets near the fryer. The oil inside the pot can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.
- To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over. This can cause a fire or an explosion.
- Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire increases, immediately call 911 for help.