The Michigan fire marshal is urging residents to stay safe in kitchen during the holiday.
Thanksgiving Day is historically the leading day for home cooking fires in Michigan, according to State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer. Anyone using portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and consider an oil-less fryer which is safer alternative to cook turkey, the fire marshal said. The fire marshal Sehlmeyer emphasizes that portable propane fueled turkey fryers, a popular and faster method for frying turkey, poses a considerable fire risk if not done correctly.
“Incorrect methods of deep frying a turkey in several of hot oil over 350 degrees is as flammable as gasoline, if the cooking oil vapors ignite,” said Sehlmeyer.
- Never use a portable deep fryer in a garage on or under deck, breezeway, porch or inside any structure.
- Improperly deep frying turkeys can be dangerous and accounts for high number of house and garage fires.
- Care must be taken not to over fill the cooking oil in portable deep fryer
- Grease fires commonly start with cooking oil spilling over the sides of the fryer onto the flames below
- If rain or snow hits the hot cooking oil, the cooking oil may splatter or turn to steam that can lead to burns.
- Unattended cooking is the leading cause of residential fires.
- Vapors can ignite if the unit is heated beyond it’s cooking temperature of 350 degrees.