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Turkey Fryer Safety

Thanksgiving is almost here! If you plan to deep fry your turkey this year, make sure to follow these turkey fryer safety recommendations from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  • Make sure there is at least 2 feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.
  • Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any wind blows the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.
  • Center the pot over the burner on the cooker.
  • Completely thaw (USDA says 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds) and dry turkey before cooking. Partially frozen and/or wet turkeys can produce excessive hot oil splatter when added to the oil.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to determine the proper amount of oil to add. If those are not available:
    • Place turkey in the pot
    • Fill with water until the turkey is covered by about 1/2 inch of water
    • Remove and dry turkey
    • Mark water level. Dump water, dry the pot and fill with oil to the marked level.


*This post was originally shared by Merchants November 25, 2019.

The above is an excerpt from the pamphlet, “CPSC Issues Safety Tips for Turkey Fryers” and a 2018 news release from the National Fire Protection Association. For more information, please visit You should also refer to informational resources from FEMA’s USFA.

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