Ponderosa Fire Department Round Up
Thanksgiving and deep fried turkeys – Almost every year we respond to some type of fire involving deep frying turkeys. You must be very careful, read the instructions, and cook OUTSIDE and away from any overhangs, structures or other combustibles. Wear gloves, eye protection and a long sleeved jacket. Be very aware that when you lower the turkey into the hot oil the remaining moisture will BOIL and cause the oil to splash, sometimes enough to spill over and cause an oil fire from the direct propane flame. The key to safely cooking a turkey is to measure the oil by using water FIRST. Dip the turkey (before seasoning) into the pot and mark the water level, then replace the water with the oil. Leave at least 6 inches of open space above the submerged bird since some water will be within the bird.
Assure that your propane supply is as far away as possible; consider a “shield”. If the worst happens, call 9-1-1, and don’t use water on the burning oil. If you follow this procedure you should be eating that wonderful turkey without exposure to a disaster.