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Turkey Fire

11/27/2021 (Permalink)

SERVPRO along with the Idaho Falls Fire Department, KIFI News and The Knowsy Neighbor displayed a demonstration on what not to do when deep frying a turkey this holiday season. We watched many how to videos and did the exactopposite with the help of the fire department. We overfilled the pot with oil, heated the oils past 500°, and placed a frozen turkey in the oil. Needless to say the flame was way over 20 feet high. Below are the correct instructions on how to have a safe and happy Holiday with your family and friends. 1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended. 2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed. 3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire. 4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats. 5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites. 

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