United States Arizona Phoenix Phoenix Guide Nightlife Things To Do Essentials Restaurants Where to Stay Events Getaways All Phoenix How to Safely Fry a Turkey If You Decide to Deep Fry a Turkey Read These Safety Tips Written by Judy Hedding Judy Hedding is a Phoenix resident and has written more than 1,000 articles about Greater Phoenix and Arizona since 2000. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Judy Hedding Updated 06/26/19 Share Pin Email Justin Sullivan / Getty Images In recent years deep-frying turkeys has become increasingly popular. The cooking method requires placing the turkey in three gallons or more of oil, heated by propane. Before you ever get near the deep fryer, The Tempe Fire Medical Rescue Department wants you to know that, however you cook your turkey, safety starts with proper thawing. Leaving a turkey out on a counter to thaw can cause Salmonella poisoning. Turkey (and all meats and fish, really) should be thawed in the refrigerator. Give yourself enough time to properly thaw your turkey. Here are the USDA guidelines for thawing a whole turkey in the refrigerator: 4 to 12 pounds: one to three days 12 to 16 pounds: three to four days 16 to 20 pounds: four to five days 20 to 24 pounds: five to six days Avondale Fire & Medical Department warns that cooking with deep-fat turkey fryers can be very dangerous as they have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil. That could lead to fires, burns, or other injuries. Dangers of Frying a Turkey Here are five dangers associated with deep frying a turkey, according to the Avondale Fire Department. Units can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. An overfilled cooking pot or partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is inserted. A small amount of cooking oil coming into contact with the burner can cause a large fire. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers have the potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot, creating severe burn hazards. Avondale Fire Rescue advises against using a turkey fryer. If you decide to do it anyway, these precautions should be followed. If You Fry a Turkey, Do So Safely Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials. Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space. Do not overfill the fryer. Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire. Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours. Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer. Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby. If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately. For more information on Avondale Rescue Safety tips, contact Avondale Fire Rescue at 623-333-6112 or visit them online. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit 10 Essential Safety Tips All Hikers Should Follow Yellowstone National Park: The Complete Guide The 15 Best Restaurants in Cincinnati Gansbaai, South Africa: The Complete Guide Planning a Hiking Trip: The Complete Guide The Best Time to Visit Singapore The 7 Best Bear Sprays of 2021, According to a Wildlife Biologist The 9 Best Survival Kits of 2021 20 Solo Trips in 2020: I Traveled Solo During COVID-19 Everthing You Need to Know About Air Travel With Your Dog Learn Safety Basics of RV Propane Tanks Everything You Need to Know About Trekking to Everest Base Camp Is It Safe to Travel to Thailand? How to Stay Safe When Vacationing in Belize Your Essential Guide to the Uttarakhand Char Dham Yatra How Safe Is Trujillo, Peru?