No Shave November and Fried Turkeys?!

November is a month of celebration and liberation…say, what? That’s right, this month we celebrate both Thanksgiving and a less known, but very popular,  “No Shave November” -  an interesting time of year when men everywhere are encouraged to toss their razors aside and see just how long their facial hair can grow!

Thus, it is very important all men participating in No Shave November exercise extreme precaution during the Thanksgiving holiday – especially if your plans include deep frying Tom the Turkey!  Make sure the man in your house safely secures his newly acquired long lochs or beards.

In addition to having the proper hair accessories, here are more safety tips to pass along for the holiday season:

·   Use turkey fryers outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials.

·   Never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck.

·   Make sure fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.

·   Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you do not watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.

·   Never let children or pets near the fryer, even if it is not in use. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot hours after use.

·   To avoid oil spillover, do not overfull the fryer.

·   Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.

·   Make sure the turkey is completely thawed, and be careful with marinades. Oil and water do not mix, water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even [becoming] an explosion hazard.

·   The National Turkey Federation recommends thawing the turkey in the refrigerator approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of weight.
·   Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is manageable, use your all-purpose fire extinguisher. If the fire increases, immediately call the fire department for help.

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