In recent years it has become increasingly popular to fry a turkey at home rather than the traditional method of oven roasting. However, although fried turkey may be delicious, it also extremely dangerous to cook at home. Here, Accident Advice Helpline highlights the dangers associated with frying turkey.
Burns, scalding and heavy birds
The process of frying the turkey involves placing the turkey in a deep fat fryer filled with almost a gallon of oil. Although deep fat fryers have been for years proposed as a safer alternative to the now infamously dangerous chip pan, they are not without their dangers.
Deep fat fryers are liable to tip over especially if a large object such as a turkey is placed inside, spilling scalding hot oil and creating a major risk of suffering serious burns or a slip, trip or fall. An over-filled deep fat fryer or frozen turkey also poses a risk of splashing the hot contents of the fryer.
How to safely fry a turkey
- Ensure that the fryer is placed on a level surface a safe distance from flammable materials. The fryer should not under any circumstances be placed in an enclosed space.
- Never leave a fryer unattended for any period of time.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before being placed in the fryer.
- Keep a fire extinguisher or fire blanket handy.
- Wear long sleeves and oven mitts to protect against potential burns.
- Never allow children or pets near a fryer.
Now that you’ve seen the dangers associated with frying a turkey at home, you may wish to think twice in case this results in an injury to you or one of your family members. If you still wish to fry a turkey, follow our above guide to reduce the chances of a serious accident. Remember, if you’ve suffered an accident in the kitchen such as a slipping, tripping or falling within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation. Contact us today for more information. Our lines are open 24/7 and are staffed by friendly, professional advisors. All claims are made on 100 per cent no-win-no-fee** basis and you are under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation that may be discussed over the phone.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice