Thursday, November 15, 2012

How to Deep-fry a Turkey without Burning Down Your House

You’ve seen the TV commercial about the annual spike in insurance claims due to fires caused by people trying to deep-fry turkeys for Thanksgiving. Although deep-fried turkeys taste terrific, it’s not a method for amateurs or friends who want to stand around the backyard drinking and cooking.

The deep-fat turkey fryer is dangerous in itself; the pot is filled with 3 gallons of boiling oil and it’s easy to tip over, spilling hot oil over a large area. Inserting the turkey without splashing oil on yourself is very tricky- and if you dribble some onto the burner, it can cause an inferno. Also, without thermostat controls, deep-fryers can overheat the oil to the point of combustion.

Here are some tips to minimize the dangers of deep-frying your turkey:
  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Use well-insulated oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing it in the fryer.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.
If you plan on deep-frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, you should call Allied Brokers to review your homeowners’ insurance policy. We can help you be sure that any gaps in your coverage are filled in case something goes wrong.

Visit our website at for information about all the types of insurance we offer. Or call 1-888-505-7988 for a free rate quote.

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