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Turkey Fryers
General Information
Both the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) consider outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryer to be very dangerous and discourage their use. As a result of the many tests UL has done on these fryers, it decided not to certify any of the turkey fryers. The trusted UL Mark will not be found on any of these appliances. UL lists the following as just a few of the inherent hazards associated with outdoor gas-fired turkey fryers:
  • Many units could tip over, spilling the 5 gallons of hot oil within the cooking pot.
  • It is easy to overfill the cooking pot with oil. If this happens, oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner and possibly cause a fire.
  • Partially frozen turkeys placed into the fryer pot can cause a spillover effect. This, too, may result in a fire.
  • With no thermostat controls, the turkey fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
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Safety Tips (a partial list)
If you absolutely must use a turkey fryer, please use the following tips:
  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix. Water causes oil to spill over, which can lead to a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose UL Listed fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.
  • Use only the recommended cooking oil.

Before you begin, view the "Turkey Fryer Hazards" video produced by Underwriters Laboratories demonstrating the dangers of turkey fryers. It could safe your life and your home.

NFPA's "Home Fires Involving Cooking Equipment" report by Marty Ahrens, November 2011.
Underwriters Laboratories
"This public safety message provided courtesy of UL.”

NFPA does not test, label or approve any products.

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