Fire departments throughout the country are reminding the public that Thanksgiving turkeys destined for deep-frying should be completely thawed and dried before they’re submerged in vats of boiling oil.
The Colorado Springs (Colorado) Fire Department Public Information Office shared a video on Friday that showed how quickly a fire can spread if someone submerged a frozen turkey in oil while indoors. The flames quickly shot up to the structure’s ceiling and flared, the department’s 26-second clip demonstrated.
“Never fry a turkey inside your home or garage. Do not overfill your fryer with oil. Always ensure your turkey is completely thawed before frying,” the Colorado Springs Fire Department wrote alongside the tweeted video.
The Stafford County Fire & Rescue in Virginia reshared its “Avoiding Turkey Fryer Fires” YouTube video from 2021 on social media this year to raise awareness about the dangers of deep-frying frozen turkeys.
The fire department demonstrated the fiery reaction with a fully equipped firefighter using a release catchpole to dip a whole frozen turkey into an outdoor propane fryer.
Stafford County Fire and Rescue, a Virginia-based fire department, demonstrates the explosive reaction that happens when a frozen turkey is submerged in boiling oil in their “Avoiding Turkey Fryer Fires” video on YouTube. (Courtesy Stafford County Fire & Rescue)
In the video, one of the Stafford County Fire & Rescue’s firefighters said propane or gas fryers should be placed away from homes, house decks, trees, bushes and vegetation.
Dr. Kristine Nolin, an associate professor of chemistry at the University of Richmond, explained the chemical reaction between water and oil in layman’s terms during an interview with “PBS NewsHour.”
“There is a difference in density between oil and water and differences in the density of water between its solid, liquid and gas states,” Nolin continued. “When these density differences interact in just the right way, you get an explosion.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that fires caused by deep fryer accidents result in more than $15 million in property damage each year.
In a press release issued on Nov. 15, the NFPA wrote: “On Thanksgiving Day alone, an estimated 1,400 home cooking fires were reported to U.S. fire departments in 2019, reflecting a 228 percent increase over the daily average.”
The NFPA “strongly discourages” the use of oil-based deep fryers for turkeys and instead recommends people buy fried turkeys from grocery stores or restaurants.
If a home-fried turkey is still desired, the NFPA suggests people buy fryers that don’t require cooking oil in order to avoid the possibility of experiencing “devastating burns.”
Some Thanksgiving celebrators won’t forgo turkey frying, which has led many fire departments and safety organizations to produce guides on how to do it the right way.
The International Firefighters Association (IAFF), a labor union representing firefighters and emergency medical responders in the U.S. and Canada, has issued an infographic on how to safely deep-fry a turkey on various social media platforms.
source: Fox News