Frying a turkey for Thanksgiving? Here are some safety tips

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JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – If you are planning to fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, leaders with American Medical Response (AMR) are encouraging you to take the proper precautions.

Here are some tips to prevent serious injuries or property loss when using a turkey fryer:

  • Never leave turkey fryers unattended.
  • Always keep children and pets away from the fryer.
  • Always use turkey fryers outdoors. Do not use them in the rain or snow.
  • Always keep fryers away from flammable materials.
  • Always place fryers on a flat, stable, non-flammable surface such as concrete.
  • Always thaw the turkey thoroughly. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says proper thawing requires 24 hours for every four to five pounds.
  • Never overfill the fryer.
  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Never heat the oil above the recommended temperature.
  • Always wear long sleeves, flame-retardant gloves and shoes with closed toes.
  • Always use a thermometer to monitor food temperature. Check the oil temperature frequently.
  • Never move the fryer once it is in operation.
  • Never let the cooks consume alcohol while tending the fryer.
  • Always lower the turkey slowly in the oil.
  • Never stand directly over hot oil.
  • Always make sure the oil is completely cooled before removing it from the fryer.
  • Always keep a fire extinguisher with you when using a turkey fryer.
  • Never try to extinguish an oil fire with water.

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