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Saturday, November 17, 2012



The growing popularity of turkey fryers is a concern for firefighters and paramedics.  There is a potential for fire and injuries if the turkey is not properly prepared and if the fryer is not used correctly.  Use common-sense safety habits to avoid mishaps, remember, Safety First ensures everyone goes home!!!

The combined personnel; career, civilian and volunteer, of the Prince George'sCounty Fire/EMS Departments wish everyone a safe, festive and happy Thanksgiving.  We ask that you follow these simple safety tips if you are using a turkey fryer:

  • Use turkey fryers outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.
  • Always follow manufacturers instructions on the set-up and use of the fryer.
  • Inspect the propane tank and all associated tubes and connections to ensure there are no leaks of the flammable gas.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure 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 causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • The National Turkey Federation recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. 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.

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