Prevent turkey fryer fires

Frying food is the greatest risk of cooking fires. The Marshalltown Fire Departments asks the public to consider the dangers or risks before using a turkey fryer.

Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.

Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

For more information, contact 641-754-5751.