Turkey frying safety

Lucas Vance Staff Writer

November 21, 2013

WINNSBORO — Many families will choose to deep fry their marinated turkeys for the Thanksgiving holiday and while that might be the highlight of the holiday, many homes and people are burned while deep frying turkeys.

According to the National Fire Protection Agency, each year deep fryers are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries and the destruction of 900 homes.

If you are using an open flame, be mindful of oil overflow that can occur when placing the turkey into the cooker. It could result in a flash fire causing a person to drop the turkey, turn over the pot and cause a larger fire.

Fairfield County Fire Marshall Tony Hill said it is important to make sure the turkey is completely thawed out and dried off before placing it in the oil.

“Introducing water will cause the hot oil to boil up and splatter, which could result in serious skin burns,” he noted.

Other safety tips

• Have a fire extinguisher on hand.

• Use proper tools to lower the turkey into the oil.

• Do not overfill the oil level.

• Keep cookers on solid and level ground.

• Place the cooker away from combustible materials, such as porches or decks.

If a person does incur a burn, run cold water over the area for five minutes and then seek medical attention. For more information about fire safety call 803-712-1070.

Over the Thanksgiving holiday there will not be any volunteers at the fire station, but in an emergency dial 911 and the volunteers will be dispatched from their remote location.