The holiday season is meant to be full of cheer and merriment. However, there are several unique safety concerns presented by the holiday season. Previously, this blog has made its readers aware of the dangers of “drowsy drivers” during the holidays. There is however another danger that hits a little closer to home. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than 141 serious fires and hot-oil burns have been reported in the United States from turkey fryer use over the last decade. In fact, Thanksgiving is the leading day for cooking fires, with three times as many as on an average day, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The burns associated with hot oil can be very severe, and in some cases be life threatening.
What can cooks do to reduce the risks associated with deep frying a turkey? The Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood gave the following tips.
- Use new sealed fryers placed in open areas.
- Wear protective clothing and eyewear.
- Avoid overfilling fryers with oil.
- Replace and remove food items from the oil slowly.
- Be mindful of marinades and turkey preparations that introduces water into the hot oil, a dangerous combination,
- Make sure to fully thaw the turkey before placing into the frying oil.
As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, please keep these safety tips in mind so that you may have a happy and enjoyable season.