The Hazards of FriedTurkey

by Monty Yolles on November 27, 2012

Hazards of Fried Turkey

Fried turkey might have been one of the tastiest dishes on your Thanksgiving table, but frying a turkey without proper precautions can be deadly.  At least two families suffered significant loss of property and injuries due to turkey-frying incidents inMarylandthis Thanksgiving. 

The deck of a Baltimore County home caught fire when a family attempted to fry a turkey on their deck on Thanksgiving Day.  One person suffered burns to his arms and face.  Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the deck area. Another turkey-frying fire was reported in centralMaryland.

An interesting fact about turkey fryers is that the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) has never approved one.  UL remains firm in its decision not to certify any turkey fryers.

If your family insists on fried turkey at your next holiday meal, carefully follow the precautions suggested by the Maryland Fire Academy inRockville:

  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before cooking.  Ice crystals can cause hot oil to boil over.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil.  One way to figure out how much oil you need is to put the turkey in the pot, cover it with water, then measure the water.  Dry the pot thoroughly before use. 
  • Turn off the flame before adding the turkey to the hot oil.  Wait for the oil to settle down before turning the flame back on.
  • Place the fryer on a firm surface away from any structure.  The deck is not a safe place to fry your turkey.
  • Keep the appropriate type of fire extinguisher on hand during the entire process.

Of course, even following these suggestions exactly may not prevent all accidents. Turkeyfryer stands are notoriously unstable and prone to tipping over.  Be sure your next holiday is not ruined by a cooking accident.  Research and carefully follow all safety precautions before frying a turkey and go the extra mile if needed to keep the process safe and under control.

At the Yolles Legal Group, we specialize in restoring people’s lives. We will fight for your rights and seek monetary damages if you were injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Marylandpersonal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to

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