As Kansas residents prepare their Thanksgiving Day meals, Kansas State Fire Marshal Dan McLaughlin is urging all families to be careful in the kitchen and to also be extremely cautious if you plan to use a turkey fryer.
Turkey fryers are becoming more popular because they greatly reduce the time it takes to cook a turkey compared to conventional ovens.
If you plan to use a turkey fryer, you should be aware of these potential hazards:
• Units easily tip over, spilling the hot oil
• Partially frozen turkeys will splatter and can cause an explosive fire
• With no thermostat controls, the oil can overheat to the point of combustion
• Units get dangerously hot creating the danger of severe burns
• And…Units are heated over open flames, any oil splatter can ignite the flames
The State Fire Marshal’s Office says the first step in preventing a fire is proper placement of the unit if you must use a turkey fryer. Turkey fryers should always be used on a flat, non-combustible surface, outside and away from the house or other buildings. Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck or in a garage.
And finally, two additional cooking measures to be aware of. Never allow children or pets around the stove or fryer and never use water to extinguish a grease fire.