As we approach the holiday season, the thought of good food and good company quickly starts to enter our mind. From the Thanksgiving dinner, to the holiday parties “food” becomes a priority. Growing quickly in popularity, the deep fried turkey. As much as we all enjoy the holiday season, and the thought of the wonderful food, we also need to take a step back and think about the safety of our family.
Before you “deep fry” that turkey take a moment to check out this video, and read this safety tips. From everyone at McKinnon Insurance, would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season!!!
10 Safety Tips thanks to Paul Quinn
1) Make sure you use a commercially built fryer, do not try to make your own. Follow the instructions.
2) Your fryer should be outside and far away from combustible materials or surfaces. Make sure you use the fryer on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
3) The turkey should be no more than 12 lbs and all innards, pop timers, wrapping etc. should be removed. Also cut off the wingtips and remove the tail.
4) Do not overfill the fryer with oil. To get the right amount, experts recommend that you put your turkey in its basket and then place it into the fryer. Add water so that it is covered until it reaches about a half inch over the turkey. Remove your turkey, then mark the fill spot and then drain the fryer. Dry the fryer and the turkey thoroughly to prevent splattering.
5) Fill the fryer up to your mark with oil that has a high smoking point such as peanut (watch out for peanut allergies), canola or safflower and heat to the appropriate temperature.
6) Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Use your best judgment when attempting to fight a fire. If the fire is manageable, use the all-purpose fire extinguisher and call for help.
7) When placing the turkey in the fryer, wear appropriate attire and place the turkey carefully in the oil to avoid spilling.
8) Do not leave the fryer unattended at any time and make sure there are no pets or children in the area.
9) Once cooked, carefully remove the turkey to avoid spilling.
10) Let the oil cool and dispose of it properly. Do not put your grease down the drain because it could clog your sewage pipes. Filter the oil of any food bits and put it in an air tight container. During the holidays, many commercial facilities like biofuel companies or restaurants expand their drop-off points. Taking your oil to these types of facilities will ensure proper recycling or disposal.