Deep frying a Turkey

We have a turkey fryer and deep fry at least one turkey a year. It doesn’t take long and the flavor is delicious.
Deep frying a turkey can be dangerous if not done correctly. We have a good setup in our back yard that allows a safe turkey frying and plan on making it better. A lot of people do not have a good set up and end up causing a fire. These turkeys are good – but they are not good enough to burn down a house or apartment. Here are some safety rules to follow:
– Make sure your fryer is on a flat, non-combustible surface. So do not fry on a wooden deck. Make sure there is nothing close that can burn. Do the frying away from the house.
– Never leave the fryer unattended.
– Keep a dry powder fire extinguisher nearby
– Do not overfill the fryer with oil. When the bird is lowered into the tank this can cause an overflow
– Wear safety glasses
– Keep children and pets away from the fryer
– Thaw the bird completely and dry it. Ice and water can cause a steam explosion.
– lower the turkey  SLOWLY into the pot
Here is how to determine the oil level needed for the turkey:
To determine the correct amount of oil, place the turkey in the fryer basket and place in the pot. Add water until it reaches 1 to 2 inches above the turkey. Remove the turkey and note the water level, using a ruler to measure the distance from the top of the pot to the surface of the water. Pour out the water and dry the pot thoroughly. Be sure to measure for oil before breading or marinating the turkey.
This website is where I got the oil level paragraph. The list of rules came from news articles from fire fighting personell.
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