Wednesday Wisdom: Avoid the Use of Turkey Fryers

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, turkey is on our minds. Many of us here at Restore Construction enjoy a flavorful, moist fried turkey on this joyous holiday. We are, however, aware of the dangers of using home turkey fryers and how quickly a hazardous fire situation could arise from the use thereof.

Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment according to the National Fire Protection Association’s (“NFPA”) research. Turkey fryers contribute to this statistic, hence the reason we and the NFPA urge people to avoid the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that use hot oil. Turkey fryers require a significant amount of oil, which is cooked at very high temperatures, and the oil is prone to overheat when thermostat controls are not present, leading to combustion. The current designs of home fryers do not prohibit the release of hot oil, which could also initiate a fire. The burners that heat the oil could ignite the spilled oil as well. Additionally, turkey fryers are known to easily tip, causing the contents to spill and oil to ignite.

For these reasons, we recommend you avoid the use of a home fryer this Thanksgiving. If you enjoy fried turkey as much as we do, we suggest you purchase a scrumptious fried turkey from a professional establishment, such as a restaurant or grocery store, to ensure safety.


Source: National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)