Safety Is Important While Deep Frying Turkeys This Holiday Season


With the holiday season upon us, Wyo4News and WyoRadio teamed up with the Rock Springs Fire Department, Smith’s and Tegeler Insurance to provide safety tips for deep frying turkeys.

According to John Pivic with Tegeler Insurance, approximately 900 homes are destroyed each year from house fires caused by cooking-related incidents.


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Statistics show that, on average, five deaths and 60 injuries occur each year from the improper use of turkey fryers in the United States.

According to Rock Springs Fire Chief Jim Wamsley, the RSFD responds to an average of 15 to 20 fires each year related to cooking incidents.

When it comes to safely using turkey fryers Chief Wamsley suggests the following tips:

  • Have a fire extinguisher on hand.
  • Keep kids and pets away from the area while frying.
  • Remain at least 15 feet away from any structures, vehicles or any other combustible materials.
  • Ensure the turkey is completely thawed out and dry.
  • Ensure that cooking temperatures are no higher than 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Cook on a flat, level surface.


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Below is a video Wyo4news recently did with the help of the Rock Springs Fire Department demonstrating the dangers of using a turkey fryer incorrectly.