Deep frying an entire turkey has become a popular way of preparing dinner on Thanksgiving, but it can also be one of the more dangerous approaches if the proper precautions are not taken.
Fires caused by deep-frying turkeys are a primary reason why there are more than three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving as a typical day of the year, making it by far the leading day for U.S. home cooking fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
To help avoid injury and fire, make sure to set your turkey fryer on an even surface more than 10 feet from your home, keep children and pets away and never leave the fryer unattended. Always follow instructions provided by the fryer manufacturer.
Also consider wearing protective gear including goggles and fireproof gloves. The turkey should be fully thawed and patted dry to help prevent the oil from bubbling and spilling over.
“If you do receive a burn, rinse the site with cool water and gently wrap it with a clean bandage or gauze,” Kobylarz says. “Seek out medical attention if the burn shows signs of infection, if pain worsens or if the burn blister is larger than two inches.”