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Escambia County Fire Rescue Conducts Turkey Burn Demonstration

Published Nov 20, 2023

Escambia County Fire Rescue conducted its annual turkey burn demonstration on Saturday, Nov. 18. During the demonstration, ECFR firefighters showed what can happen when you attempt to deep-fry a turkey with too much oil at extreme temperatures, resulting in a burst of fire.

The turkey burn demonstration can be viewed here

ECFR encourages residents to use these safety tips when deep-frying a turkey this Thanksgiving:

  • Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become overheated.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey, causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Always use the fryer outdoors. Ensure the fryer is at least 10 feet from a structure or other combustible material.
  • Only use your turkey fryer on sturdy, level surfaces as they can easily tip over.
  • Consider using an electrical or air fryer.

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