Deep-Frying Your Turkey? Watch This First!

Firefighters from Station No. 33 in Rancho Bernardo show us what can go wrong.


and firefighters from in Rancho Bernardo show residents what not to do when deepfrying a turkey for Thanksgiving.

The demonstration was done with the authorization of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department officials by trained firefighters and should not be attempted by others.

Here are some key safety tips for deep frying a turkey:

• Make sure the turkey is thawed and dried, not wet, before putting it into the grease.

• Never deep fry a turkey indoors and make sure an adult monitors the cooking process. Children should be kept away.

• Wear protective clothing while cooking: long sleeved shirts, pants and closed toe shoes.

• Before heating up the grease, use water to test how much grease can be safely put into the pot without spilling over once the turkey is immersed.

• Do not use water to put out a grease fire. Use a Class B or all-purpose fire extinguisher.

• Keep flammable materials at least 25 feet away from the deep fryer.

• As always, in an emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.


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