Thanksgiving Safety Tips For Deep Frying A Turkey

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Deep frying turkeys has become increasingly popular, and for those planning to cook their birds this way on Thanksgiving, the New York Propane Gas Association offers the following safety tips:

1. Stay Away from The House – Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home and keep children and pets away. Never leave it unattended.

2. Find Flat Ground – The oil must be even and steady at all times to ensure safety. Place the fryer on a flat, level surface and carefully gauge the amount of oil needed.

3. Use a Thawed and Dry Turkey – Make sure your Thanksgiving turkey is completely thawed and dry. Extra water will cause the oil to bubble furiously and spill over. If oil spills from the fryer onto the burner, it can cause a fire.

4. Monitor the Temp – Use caution when touching the turkey fryer. The lid and handle can become very hot and could cause burns. Also, be sure to keep track of the oil’s temperature as many fryers do not have their own thermostats.

5. Be Prepared – Have a fire extinguisher (multipurpose, dry-powder) ready at all times in the event that the oil ignites.  

Another popular—and safe—alternative in Thanksgiving turkey preparation is grilling or smoking the turkey with a propane grill or smoker. Whether frying, grilling or smoking your turkey, these simple measures can help to ensure that everyone can enjoy a safety holiday. 

The efficiency of propane also makes it an ideal fuel for water heaters, fireplaces, clothes dryers, and cooking appliances. Propane is a clean, efficient, American-made fuel used by millions of Americans at home, at work, on the road, and on the farm.

For more information, visit the New York Propane Gas Association at or the Propane Education and Research Council at

The New York Propane Gas Association (NYPGA) is a member-focused trade organization providing services that communicate, educate, and promote the propane industry in New York. The association was formed in 1948 to offer opportunities for training and networking with peers, and to aid with legislative issues that contribute to operating a safe and successful industry.

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