Nashville Fire Department: Be careful when frying your turkey next week

Posted at 1:54 PM, Nov 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-18 14:54:24-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — As you make plans to cook your turkey next week, the Nashville Fire Department wants you to be careful.

Wednesday morning, crews demonstrated what could happen if you don't fry a turkey correctly.

“First and foremost, you want to be away from a structure on a level surface [and a] nonflammable surface. We see a lot of people that fry turkeys on porches and decks,” said Scott Lively, NFD Commander, Chief Training Officer.

Fire officials also released some best practices:

  • "Make sure to completely thaw the turkey. The frozen water will react with the hot oil and cause a boil over that will come in contact with the flame."
  • "Do not over fill the turkey fryer pot. Make sure there is enough room in the pot for the oil to rise with the added weight of the turkey without spilling oil."
  • "Make sure the fryer is on an even surface."
  • "Do not use the turkey fryer on a deck or in a covered space."
  • "Do not allow children or pets near the fryer when in use or hours after use while the oil is hot and dangerous."
  • "Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles."
  • "Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby at all times. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use an all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call 911 for help."
  • "Only deep fry smaller turkeys–up to 12 pounds."
  • "Never leave the fryer unattended."