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Turkey Fryer Safety Steps

The NFPA (The National Fire Protection Association) does not recommend frying turkeys in oil due to the potential for fire and burn injuries. Should you decide to fry your turkey anyway, please exercise extreme caution and follow all safety tips from the turkey fryer manufacturer.

Meanwhile, here are some additional safety tips to consider.

  • Use only for the intended purpose. Consult owner's manual.
  • For outdoor use only. Never use inside an enclosed area (patio, garage, etc.) or under overhang of a house or building.
  • Only use cooker on a level stable surface and away from any combustible materials (wood rails, wood decks, dry grass, leaves, shrubs, etc.).
  • NEVER use near gasoline or other flammable vapors or liquids.
  • NEVER use cooker on an asphalt (black top) surface.
  • NEVER leave cooker unattended. Constant supervision is necessary when in use and until cooker has cooled.
  • Always keep children and pets away from cooker when in use and until unit has cooled completely.
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions for operation. Consult owner's manual.
  • Always keep hands, hair, face and clothing away from cooker and cooking pot.
  • NEVER move cooker when in use.
  • DO NOT operate while raining. If it starts raining while fryer is in use, cover cooking pot immediately and turn appliance OFF.
  • NEVER touch hot surfaces. Always wear cooking mitts and shoes while operating cooker.
  • Thoroughly thaw and towel dry food such as turkey or chicken before placing it in the pot.
  • Lower items into the hot oil VERY SLOWLY.
  • Use only a high quality stainless steel cooking pot that is sized for your cooker. Never use glassware, plastic or ceramic pots.
  • Cook turkeys only in pots designed for cooking turkeys.
  • Be careful when removing food from pot to avoid the possibility of severe burns.
  • Always allow hot water or oil to cool completely before moving cooker to avoid the possibility of severe burns.
  • To determine the maximum oil fill level on a pot that does not contain a maximum fill level line:
    • Place the food item in the pot and fill the pot with water until the food completely covered.
      DO NOT fill to the top of the pot – stop no more than 4 inches before you reach the top.
    • Then, remove the food item from the pot and note the level of the water.
    • This becomes your maximum oil fill line.
  • NEVER allow gas hose to touch any hot surface.
  • NEVER operate cooker if gas line is clogged or obstructed.
  • Always use a thermometer to keep a constant temperature check.
  • NEVER allow oil or grease to exceed 250°F.
  • Important - oil will ignite at 550°F to 700°F.
  • When cooking with oil, never place the cooking pot lid on the pot.
  • Always keep tank at least 18 inches away from cooker while in use.
  • NEVER store a spare tank near cooker while in use.
  • DO NOT remove or attach a gas tank while cooker is in use or while cooker is hot.
  • Always keep an operable type BC fire extinguisher within easy reach.
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions for storage. Consult owner's manual.
  • Always allow cooker, pot and cooking liquid to cool completely before moving or storing.
  • Always turn control valve and cylinder valve to OFF before storing.
  • Cover and store your cooker outdoors in a well-ventilated area secure from children and animals where temperatures will not exceed 125°F.
  • Indoor storage of the cooker is permissible only if tank is disconnected and stored outdoors in a well-ventilated area away from children and animals. Never bring a propane tank indoors.
  • Always follow manufacturer's instructions for maintenance and repair. Consult owner's manual.
  • Inspect cooker, tank and pot before each use for damage or wear.
  • NEVER operate cooker if parts are damaged, missing or improperly installed.
  • Always disconnect tank before making repairs.
  • Always allow cooker, pot and liquid to cool completely before making repairs.

For further assistance, please call our Customer Care Center at 1.800.BLU.RINO.

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