- Frying turkeys has gained popularity in recent years and many celebrity chefs use it to save time and ensure succulent meat.
- But the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a warning that it could end up burning down your entire house and ruining your vacation.
- He shared clips showing huge fires starting seconds after the turkey fell into the oil and the fires quickly spreading out of control.
A warning has been issued to festive chefs hoping to fry turkeys for Thanksgiving as the popularity of the technique increases.
While many now rely on this method to save time and ensure the meat is succulent, a recall has been issued over the potential dangers.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission turned to X, formerly Twitter, to show home cooks how easy it is to set their homes on fire.
In a compilation video, the organization showed a number of mistakes that can be made when frying the bird.
“Cook the turkey, not at home,” the message said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has shared three videos highlighting the dangers of deep-frying a Thanksgiving turkey.
Clips show huge fires ignited seconds after the turkey fell into the oil and the fires quickly spread out of control.
Within seconds, a plume of smoke erupted before the oil spread and quickly ignited.
The fire spreads quickly and gets out of control in the clips and the whole room is covered in flames.
In separate clips, the government agency shows what happens when you try to use only water to put out the fire.
The fire grew aggressively and quickly spread throughout the room within seconds.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission ended the video by wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving, but warned: “Fry your turkey safely.” Stand near your stove.
He added: “People are asking for specific instructions on how to avoid this scenario – what you have in this government security video is an example of everything being done wrong.”
“The bird is huge and frozen. The oil is too high and too hot. The fryer is inside or too close to the house…
“Then don’t do any of that. Read the instructions that came with your fryer. Follow them closely.
“If you want to avoid oil altogether, there are infrared turkey fryers. Whatever you use, never leave your food cooking unattended. Unattended cooking is the leading cause of home fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are three times more home kitchen fires on Thanksgiving than any other day.
It said: “Frying turkeys presents significant fire risks which make this operation far too dangerous to be carried out safely.”
There are a number of factors that lead to fires spreading quickly, including overfilling turkey fryers, which causes oil to spill, ignite, and engulf the entire unit in flames.
Most people also don’t use thermostat controls, so the oil can overheat to the point of combustion.
Firefighters have offered advice to those who want to fry their turkey safely.
Americans have been asked to ensure the bird is completely thawed to avoid any risk of fire or explosion.
Turkey fryers should be used outdoors on flat surfaces and away from structures, wooden desks and covered patios.
The appropriate air extinguisher should also be nearby for use in the event of a fire so that the flames are extinguished quickly and effectively.
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