Texas leads nation in turkey frying accidents


POSTED: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 9:59am

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - 4:12pm

Every year during the holidays, more than 1,000 house fires are caused by turkey fryer accidents alone. Out of the entire nation, Texas ranks number one.

It could be the fried turkey's growing popularity ever since turkey frying was created in Texas in 1963. So while turkey frying is delicious, it is dangerous because of mistakes that can easily be avoided.

KETK spoke with the Smith County fire marshal to learn a few safety precautions. The most important is measuring the exact amount of oil the fryer can hold without overflowing.

Oren Hale, the Smith County Fire Marshal, says, "It's only dangerous to fry a turkey if you do it wrong. Don't over fill. Don't put your turkey fryer on you porch, or deck, or in the garage. Get it out in the open".

John Huml from Dickey's BBQ also gave us some insight on prepping the turkey.

Huml recommends, "Make sure your turkey on the outside is dry there is nothing wet. Water and oil do not mix well at all".

This means the turkey also needs to thaw for at least 48 hours before baking.

So while frying a turkey may be extra work, it's well worth the effort when basic safety measures are taken.

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