Fire Department is reminding the public to read all directions and exercise
caution when using turkey fryers during the holiday season.
According to authorities, unattended cooking is one of the
top causes of residential fires in Cincinnati, and turkey fryers add to the
risk of fire.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the majority of fires, flames and
burns occurred while the oil was being heated prior to adding the
Burns from splashing oil can also occur, especially when adding
frozen meat. All meat should be thoroughly thawed and dried before adding
it to the hot oil.
Other safety tips:
Keep the fryer in view when it
is on and keep it away from buildings and other structures, such as
garages, carports and decks.
Never leave the fryer
Place the fryer outside when in
use. Do not put it in a garage or carport.
To avoid burns, make sure the
meat is thawed and lower it into the hot oil slowly.
Follow the directions closely
to make sure your fryer is operating properly. Make sure you use the
correct amount of oil, following the manufacturer's directions. Too
much oil could make it spill over when you add the turkey.
Keep a close eye on the
temperature. If the fryer begins to smoke, turn it off.
The sides, handles and pot lid
become dangerously hot when the fryer is in use. Stay clear of the
fryer to prevent burns and use potholders when moving the lid or touching
Make sure the fryer is clean of
any old grease, especially on the outside so that it will not catch
Keep an ABC multi-purpose dry
chemical fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a
grease fire. Water and grease are a dangerous combination and could
cause hot grease to splatter.
Keep children, individuals with
disabilities and pets at a safe distance from the cooking operation.
Cincinnati Fire Department encourages citizens to have a working smoke alarm
installed on every level of the home and in each bedroom or sleeping area. For
maximum protection, the public is encouraged to use both ionization
and photoelectric fire alarm technologies in their homes. In addition to
individual ionization and photoelectric alarms, combination alarms that include
both technologies in a single device are available.
Each member of the household should also know
their home fire escape plan and practice it twice a year. Guests should be
aware of the escape plan and the location of any fire extinguishers in case
there is an emergency.