Turkey frying safety tips from St. Amant Fire Dept.

Brandie Richardson @B_Lifestyles
Chief James LeBlanc

     Thanksgiving may have come and gone, but with the holiday season in full effect, it's still turkey frying time. 

     While the holidays are spent with family and giving thanks, it is also one of the most dangerous seasons, as hundreds of houses catch fire each year due to kitchen accidents, mostly due to frying turkeys.

     According to St. Amant Fire Department Chief James LeBlanc, 50 percent of house fires start in the kitchen.

     “It can be easy to get wrapped up in entertaining guests, but it is important to remember to monitor meal preparation closely,” LeBlanc said. “Stay in the kitchen, as most cooking fires start because cooking food has been left unattended.”

     According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is when most home fires occur, closely followed by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Here are some tips to consider, courtesy of St. Amant Fire Department, when you are frying that delicious turkey this Thanksgiving.

When using a fryer, make sure it is in an open area, safely away from walls, fences and buildings.

Never attempt to fry a turkey under a garage, breezeway, carport or porch, as these structures can easily catch on fire.

In the event of a fire, do not try to extinguish with water. Instead, call 911 immediately.

Have two or more feet of space between the propane tank and burner.

Position the fryer downwind from the tank as to keep the heat off of the tank.

Thaw and dry turkey completely before frying as an unthawed turkey can cause excessive splatter when added to oil.

Most importantly, read the manufacturers instructions in order to add the right amount of oil in the pot.