For many families, it is the centerpiece of a holiday dinner: The turkey. So, when the holidays approach, a lot of your attention may be focused on cooking this staple. Maybe you are among the many individuals here in northern New Jersey and the rest of the U.S. who opt to cook a holiday turkey through deep-frying it in a turkey fryer.
The safety risks of deep-frying
Among the things it is important to give careful thought to when using this cooking method is safety. There are fire and explosion risks connected to deep -frying turkeys. So, turkey fryer accidents could lead to significant burns. Severe burn injuries can impact many things, including your ability to work.
Safety steps you can take when deep-frying a turkey
There are measures you can take to prevent accidents when using a turkey fryer. The New Jersey Division of Fire Safety recently gave some tips on this front. Among these are:
- Pick the right location for using the fryer. Turkey deep-frying should always be done outdoors. Stay a safe distance away from overhangs, wooden decks, the garage, other flammable materials and buildings.
- Put the fryer on a flat surface
- Only put a turkey in the fryer if it is fully thawed
- Don’t overfill the fryer
- Make sure the fryer is always attended, to ensure the oil doesn’t get heated too high
- Have safety equipment on hand. Among the equipment it is helpful to have around when deep-frying a turkey are: a fire extinguisher, safety goggles and well-insulated oven mitts or potholders.
- Always keep children and pets away from the fryer
When cooking equipment is defective
How you act is not the only thing that can impact how safe you are when deep-frying a turkey or performing other activities related to cooking a holiday dinner. Another is whether the pieces of cooking equipment you are using contain any defects. Defective equipment could create risks of cooking accidents, such as cooking fires. So, you may want to watch for whether any of the products you are planning on using for your holiday cooking are subject to any recalls.
Individuals harmed in cooking accidents caused by defective products may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries. For example, product liability claims may be able to be brought in connection to such accidents.