Safe Family: Turkey fryers

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Mmm. It's just about time to pop that turkey into the oven. But many people will be using something else to cook up that big beautiful bird -- a turkey fryer! Personal experience is lacking here, but from what I've heard, a turkey fryer can cook up one mean bird.

Problem is, a turkey fryer can be a mean contraption to deal with. So that's why it's really important to take every precaution you can to avoid injury to yourself or others.

The first thing is to select a UL listed turkey fryer. Sherman Fire Chief Jeff Jones says, "It's an untraditional way of cooking [a turkey], but it produces good results."

Fryers, once they get going, will be extremely hot and will remain that way for quite a while after use, too. Be careful to make sure your fryer is out in the open and sits on a flat surface. With the hot oil inside, fryers have the chance to tip over as well.

If you'd like to check out more information on turkey fryers, visit and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

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