- The deep frying of turkeys has grown in popularity in recent years and many famous chefs use it to save time and ensure the meat is succulent
- But the US Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to say it could end up setting your entire home on fire and ruin the holiday
- It shared clips which show huge fires being ignited seconds after the turkey is dropped into the oil and the blazes quickly spreading out of control
A warning has been issued to festive chefs hoping to deep fry turkeys this Thanksgiving as the popularity of the technique grows.
While many have come to rely on the method to save time and ensure the meat is succulent, a reminder has been issued about the potential hazards.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission took to X, formerly Twitter, to show home cooks how easy it is to set their homes on fire.
In a compilation video, the organization showed a number of errors that can be made when deep frying the bird.
‘Cook the turkey, not your home,’ the post said.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission shared three videos highlighting the dangers of deep frying a Thanksgiving turkey.
Clips show huge fires being ignited seconds after the turkey is dropped into the oil and the blazes quickly spreading out of control.
Within seconds a plume of smoke erupts before the oil spills out and quickly ignites.
The fire spreads rapidly and grows out of control in the clips and the entire room is covered in flames.
In separate clips, the government agency shows what happens when you try to use just water to put out the blaze.
The fire grows aggressively and rapidly spreads across the entire room in a matter of seconds.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission ended the video by wishing Americans a happy Thanksgiving but warned: ‘Fry your turkey safely. Stand by your pan.’
It added: ‘Folks requesting specific instructions on how to avoid this scenario – what you have in this here government safety video is an example of everything being done wrong.
‘Bird is huge and frozen. Oil is too high and too hot. Fryer is indoors or too close to the home…
‘So don’t do any of that. Read the instructions that come with your fryer. Follow them closely.
‘If you want to skip oil all together, there are infrared turkey fryers. Whatever you use, never leave your food cooking unattended. Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires.’
There are three times as many home cooking fires on Thanksgiving than on any other day, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
It said: ‘Deep frying turkeys presents significant fire hazards that make it way too dangerous to be done safely.’
There are a number of factors which lead to the rapidly spreading fires including the overfilling of turkey fryers which cause the oil to spill out, ignite and engulf the whole unit in flames.
Most people also do not use thermostat controls so the oil can overheat to the point of combustion.
Fire officials have offered tips to those who want to deep fry their turkey safely.
Americans have been told to make sure the bird is completely thawed to prevent a fire or explosion hazard.
Turkey fryers should be used outdoors on flat surfaces and away from structures, wooden desks and covered patios.
The correct air extinguisher should also be nearby to use in case of a fire so the flames are put out quickly and efficiently.