AFD demonstrates the dos and don’ts of frying turkey

Statewide, the Austin Fire Department said around 1,400 fires were reported to local fire departments on Thanksgiving Day in 2019.

AUSTIN, Texas – On Tuesday, the Fire Department Austin (AFD) demonstrated the dos and don’ts of frying turkey.

“If you’re putting a turkey in a fryer, you want to make sure you only have enough oil to actually coat the turkey — not enough, it will spill over that rim once the turkey is in,” said Lt. Angela Martin.

Nationwide, the AfD stated that around 1,400 fires were reported to the local fire brigades on Thanksgiving Day 2019.

“You want to make sure you’re only using the temperature rated for that particular fryer, which is never going to be around 500 degrees, and you want the turkey to always be fully defrosted. It typically takes about three days in the refrigerator to fully thaw a turkey,” said Lt. Martin.

The AFD said fryers are typically between 300 and 400 degrees, but they are meant to verify the correct temperature for your particular fryer.

Lt. Martin always recommends having a fire extinguisher on hand just in case.

“Try to coat and erase the surface,” Lt. Martin. “They will separate the flammable liquid from the oxygen on it. [That] is basically what you’re trying to do with any of these types of fire extinguishers.

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