Turkey Fryers Safety (fire)

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Turkey Fryers Safety (fire)

Postby Jeff Silvey » Tue May 26, 2009 7:53 am

This happen at the station I'm assigned too. I was not on duty. Yesterday they got an call of an resident fire. They could see the smoke from a 1.5 miles throught the woods that surrounded the house. They got on the scene with heavy fire. The crew went in the front door to get to the back of the house to put the fire out. Two of the FF's were all the way in to the back with the third helping hump hose at the front door when an explosion accurd throwing the FF at the front door 15- 20 feet backward. The 2 FF's inside were sheilded by drywall from the ceiling they said that the room was verrrry hot. There was a mayday which we all dont every want to hear. Someone outside called the mayday thinking that the 2 inside were either hurt or dead. In the end everyone is alright. The FF at the door did go to the hospital for a check out.
Why I'm writing this is the cause of the fire is a turkey fryers which we all have or seen them used. The info I posted is from the NFPA safety info for comsumers. There is an link http://www.WRTV.com that shows pictures of the house. This house is 350- 450,000.00.
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Turkey fryers
Turkey fryers
NFPA discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. These turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures, and units currently available for home use pose a significant danger that hot oil will be released at some point during the cooking process. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. NFPA urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out professional establishments, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants for the preparation of the dish, or consider a new type of "oil-less" turkey fryer."
Hot oil may splash or spill at any point during the cooking process, when the fryer is jarred or tipped over, the turkey is placed in the fryer or removed, or the turkey is moved from the fryer to the table. Any contact between hot oil and skin could result in serious injury. Any contact between hot oil and nonmetallic materials could lead to serious damage.
A major spill of hot oil can occur with fryers designed for outdoor use and using a standas these units are particularly vulnerable to upset or collapse, followed by a major spill of hot oil. Newer countertop units using a solid base appear to reduce this particular risk. NFPA does not believe that consumer education alone can make the risks of either type of turkey fryer acceptably low because of the large quantities of hot oil involved and the speed and severity of burn likely to occur with contact.
In deep frying, oil is heated to temperatures of 350 degrees Fahrenheit or more. Cooking oil is combustible, and if it is heated beyond its cooking temperature, its vapors can ignite. This is a fire danger separate from the burn danger inherent in the hot oil. Overheating can occur if temperature controls, which are designed to shut off the fryer if the oil overheats, are defective, or if the appliance has no temperature controls.
Propane-fired turkey fryers are designed for outdoor use, particularly for Thanksgiving, by which time both rain and snow are common in many parts of the country. If rain or snow strikes exposed hot cooking oil, the result can be a splattering of the hot oil or a conversion of the rain or snow to steam, either of which can lead to burns. Use of propane-fired turkey fryers indoors to avoid bad weather is contrary to their design and dangerous in its own right. Also, moving an operating turkey fryer indoors to escape bad weather is extremely risky. Fires have occurred when turkey fryers were used in a garage or barn or under eaves to keep the appliance out of the rain.
The approximately 5 gallons of oil in these devices introduce an additional level of hazard to deep fryer cooking, as does the size and weight of the turkey, which must be safely lowered into and raised out of the large quantity of hot oil. Many turkeys are purchased frozen, and they may not be fully thawed when cooking begins. As with a rainy day, a defrosting turkey creates the risk of contact between hot cooking oil.
There is a new outdoor turkey cooking appliance that does not use oil. NFPA believes these should be considered as an alternative. NFPA understands that this appliance will be listed by a recognized testing laboratory.
NFPA continues to believe that turkey fryers that use oil, as currently designed, are not suitable for acceptably safe use by even a well-informed and careful consumer. Consumers may find packaging of turkey fryers displaying independent product safety testing labels. NFPA is familiar with the details of these test standards and does not believe that they are sufficiently comprehensive regarding the different ways in which serious harm can occur, and, in some cases, regarding the different parts of the turkey fryer that need to be tested.

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Re: Turkey Fryers Safety (fire)

Postby RaymondDurban » Tue May 26, 2009 6:01 pm

I can appreciate the gravity of the situation, someone losing their home, but I think the report goes too far. A kneejerk reaction for a small group of individuals' lack of judgement.
So should people quit frying fish, french fries or anything else that gets dipped on hot grease, because someone who doesn't use common sense may get hurt or burn their house down? Its organizations like this that lead to and push for legislation to ban stuff like slides in swimming pools or trampolines, not to mention pushing up homeowner insurance rates.
IMHO, its the same mentality and thought process of banning cars because they can lead to a head on collision.

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