We are now officially only a week away from Thanksgiving, so now is the perfect time for some safety reminders courtesy of the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention.

Some are common sense tips; such as not leaving stoves or ovens unattended, keeping children away from the stove, and making sure that all cooking appliances are turned off and candles are blown out at the end of the evening.

But they also focused a number of tips on the trend of deep frying turkeys.

According to the Bureau, "Deep frying a turkey in hot oil over 350 degrees is as flammable as gasoline". So they offer the following tips if you're planning to deep fry your Thanksgiving dinner this year:

  • Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors and a safe distance from buildings and other flammable materials.
  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure that fryers are used on a flat surface.
  • Never leave a fryer unattended.
  • Never let children or pets near fryers.
  • To avoid oil spillover, don't overfill the fryer.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when handling the fryer. Consider using safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
  • Always make sure that the turkey is completely thawed before putting it in the fryer.

And of course the Bureau of Fire Prevention also reminds us to make sure that our smoke detectors and CO2 alarms are working properly.

For more from the Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, you can visit their website at trfireprevention.com.


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