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Obligatory Turkey Fryer Inferno Video

by ARLnow.com November 24, 2010 at 8:53 am 3,374 14 Comments

Every year around this time, fire departments around the country take to the airwaves to remind the public that turkey fryers are incredibly dangerous and will probably catch your house on fire if you ever use one.

If you’re still using a turkey fryer at this point, really, you’re either a professional cook or an amateur daredevil.

Nonetheless, the Arlington County Fire Department has asked us to pass this video and a few turkey fryer safety tips along, just in case you’re the kind of person who likes your Thanksgiving dinner cooked in the same manner as your french fries.

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other flammable materials.
  • Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.
  • To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, and water causes oil to spill over causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.
  • The National Turkey Federation (NTF) recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds in weight.
  • Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

  • SoArlRes

    Like it extra crispy…

  • Arlington, Northside

    Fried Turkey is yummy. Just make sure to only do the frying during the day so that the Fire Department can have a little excitement during the day, but does not have to wake up from a good sleep to save your house.

  • rft

    The more I see these videos, the more I wonder how fried turkey tastes . . .

    • Arlington, Northside

      It tastes like the perfect turkey.

  • LG

    he sounds like Tim Gunn a bit, but firefighter style.

  • Pachacutec

    Isn’t it terrible that people have to be reminded to use common sense?

  • JamesE

    Place the fryer inside your living room, right next to your already decorated Christmas tree. Fill it all the way to the top so the oil is nearly spilling out. Make sure the turkey is frozen solid and drop it in from 5 feet above.

    • Frenchy B

      Don’t forget to give the kids some sparklers to wave around as they stand there in their rayon pajamas.

      • BrownFlipFlops

        What about the Silly String?

      • Tess

        And have a can of hairspray out to use as a fire extinguisher – just in case!

  • BrownFlipFlops

    The number one thing to remember is DISPLACEMENT. A couple of days before you get ready to cook, fill the fryer vessel with water. Dunk your turkey in it. Watch in befuddled awe, as the displaced water flows out of the bucket. Adjust the water level. Remove the turkey, and mark the top of the water. When it’s game time, and you’re pouring the oil in, respect the fill line you made. This will save you from video scene #1.

    The reason you want to do this well ahead of time is that you don’t want to dunk a wet turkey in hot oil. The spattering will be bad enough, as it is.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Arlington.

  • Billy Hamilton

    If all else fails, remember this “Friends don’t let stupid friends fry turkeys”.

  • Thes

    Rather than just criticize, this video shows how to do it safely:


  • G::NativeArlingtonian

    Heck, I say for the long drive to grandma’s house, just mount this sucker to your trendy Yakima roof rack, light, dunk, and drive like the wind! Ooh, and make sure to bungie the propane tank to the back bumper good and tight. Who needs painted flames on that old hatch back when you can have the real thing! And turkey too. Have fun kids!


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