With Thanksgiving looming, you might be considering preparing the turkey in a turkey fryer.
Coleman Fire Department gave a demonstration on Friday to point out what the dangers were when preparing turkeys in this manner.
David Martinez, Fire Chief, said that the usual reasons that people have problems in this area is that they are in too much of a hurry, they have ended up leaving it too late or they haven’t allowed the turkey to thaw properly.
Jimmy Watson, Fire Marshal said that you wanted to avoid having extra water in the turkey because it would react badly with the oil when it was lowered in.
According to the NFPA, there are about 166,100 callouts relating to cooking fires on an annual basis. Statistically, there is a four-fold chance that a cooking fire will start on Thanksgiving.
The main message that firefighters wanted people to take away is that turkey fryers should be used out of doors for safety.
Watson stated that there was not a lot that could be done with the turkey fryer itself but using it outdoors protected the home.
Martinez also stated that, despite personal taste, it would still be better to use a traditional cooking method.
He suggested oven-baking the bird or smoking it instead on your grill as two alternative methods that are safer.
Firefighters suggested that those who did decide to fry their turkeys get a fire extinguisher and keep it on hand.