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Fire Officials Offer Safety Tips For Turkey Fryers

deep-fried turkey explosionTurkey fryers are very popular these days and many people will be cooking turkeys in them on Thanksgiving. Yakima Fire Department Capt. Jeff Pfaff says moisture is not your friend when it comes to using a turkey fryer so always make sure the turkey is thawed and dry. “You don’t want any moisture getting in that oil. So your going to heat that thing up real quick with your fryer up to 350 degrees. Then turn off your burner off and slowly put your turkey in the oil.”
Pfaff says always keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures. Because of the huge concern about moisture watch the weather and never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
Pfaff also says wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.

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