Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Deep Frying a Turkey

Wild turkey (Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

Epson, NH– Deep frying turkeys has become increasingly popular, and for those planning to cook their birds this way on Thanksgiving, the Propane Gas Association is offering the following safety tips:

  1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.
  2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.
  3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.
  4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.
  5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.
Wild turkey (Photo courtesy: Wikipedia)

These simple measures can help to ensure that everyone can enjoy a safety holiday. The efficiency of propane also makes it an ideal fuel for water heaters, fireplaces, clothes dryers, and cooking appliances. Propane is a clean, efficient, American-made fuel used by millions of Americans at home, at work, on the road, and on the farm.

For more information, visit the Propane Gas Association of New England at or the Propane Education and Research Council at

The Propane Gas Association of New England serves more than 800 members of the propane industry by promoting safety, education, and public awareness of the uses of propane.


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