A Thanksgiving tradition: Bakersfield Fire Department warns of turkey-frying dangers
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) —
The Bakersfield Fire Department took part in a Thanksgiving tradition on Tuesday: Dropping a turkey in a vat of hot oil to warn people of the dangers from deep-frying their bird.
They used a frozen turkey as an example of what not to do. Battalion Chief John Frando said turkeys should be thawed first and patted dry, as oil and water can have a violent reaction.
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot oil across a large area.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause oil to spill over when the turkey is placed inside.
- A partially frozen turkey will cause hot oil to splatter.
- Turkey fryers can easily overheat and start a fire.
- The pot, lid and handles of a turkey fryer can get dangerously hot and cause burn injuries.