Happy and Safe Turkey Day!
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at SERVPRO of Springfield! We hope you have a great holiday whether it be spent on your own or with all your family. And we also hope that your turkey is as delicious as it can be. But before it hits the dinner table, make sure you know in advance how you’re handling the cooking of the turkey. Ever since the “I Want a Deep Fried Turkey” campaign from State Farm and William Shatner in 2011 and 2018, the decision to deep fry a turkey has become more popular. But like the song says, if you’re not careful you could end up with a massive fire that will ruin your celebration. Luckily, State Farm itself has a list of tips to keep your holiday safe if you decide to deep fry that turkey;
- Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages, and a safe distance away from trees and other structures
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking
- Place the fryer on a level surface
- Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer
- Follow the manufacturer's instructions to avoid overfilling
- Choose a smaller turkey for frying
- Never leave fryers unattended
- Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil
- Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms
- Do not use water or a garden hose on a fire related to Turkey Fryers
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times
- When done, cover it to let the oil cool overnight before disposing
Deep-fried turkey can be a delicious option for your Thanksgiving celebration. But in some ways, it can be an even more dangerous cooking method than your oven. With an open flame right above a pot of flammable oil, it can be easy for a split-second mistake to turn into a massive fire. So make sure you’re cooking safely and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
As always, if disaster strikes, SERVPRO of Springfield and SERVPRO of Morgan, Cass, Macoupin & Montgomery Counties are always here for you. We can be reached 24/7 at 217-528-7775.