Deep frying a turkey

Charlotte County Fire and EMS demonstrates the dangers of deep frying a turkey.

Area emergency workers are advising against using a turkey fryer this holiday season.

Firefighters demonstrated on Thursday how deep frying a turkey can turn deadly — it went up in flames.

When used incorrectly, turkey fryers have a high risk of tipping over, overheating and spilling hot oil that can lead to fires, burns, serious injuries or death.

Deep frying a turkey

Charlotte County Fire and EMS demonstrates the dangers of deep frying a turkey.


“There’s a lot of things that can go wrong, if not done correctly,” said Todd Dunn, public information officer for Charlotte County Fire & EMS. “You can have the oil flare up if your oil level is too high. If your turkey is completely dry, you get an oil flare up which can cause a fire.”

Firefighters have responded to 27 cooking fires this year alone, according to Dunn.

Although the fire department advises against using a turkey fryer, there are precautions to take if you insist on deep frying.

Never use a fryer on a wood deck or in an enclosed space, cook outdoors on a solid, level surface away from buildings, use the correct amount of oil, ensure the turkey is completely thawed and dry before frying, and use protective gear while cooking.

Always have a multipurpose fire extinguisher nearby, and if a fire begins, call 911 immediately.

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