CSA International issues tips for using gas-fired turkey fryers and seasonal outdoor cooking devices

    TORONTO, Oct. 3 /CNW/ - For many Canadians, autumn is synonymous with the
kick-off of the hockey season, raking up fall's fallen leaves and holiday
meals consisting of turkey and all the trimmings. According to the Canadian
Turkey Marketing Agency, during Thanksgiving alone, more than three million
turkeys are served in Canada and increasingly, the American tradition of deep
frying turkeys using outdoor cookers is gaining in popularity on this side of
the border. Before attempting to master this culinary cooking method, users
should be aware that use of outdoor gas appliances to prepare these crispy
birds could also pose certain risks and may even result in fire or injury if
not carefully used in accordance with the instructions.
    CSA International, a leading certification and testing provider for
gas-fired products, offers users of turkey fryers the following tips to help
ensure their fall season and Thanksgiving is a happy, hearty and healthy one:

    Setting Up
    -   Read and follow carefully the manufacturer's instructions and be
        aware of all warnings.
    -   When purchasing a turkey fryer, always ensure it has been certified
        by an accredited certification organization by looking for a
        certification mark such as the CSA International certification flame.
    -   Turkey fryers should only be used outdoors and at least three metres
        (10 feet) from structures - including garages, carports and overhangs
        - vehicles, and combustible materials. Always use a turkey fryer on a
        level, stable, non-combustible surface, and never on a wooden deck or
        any structure that can catch fire.
    -   Place the liquid propane gas tank and fryer so that any wind blows
        the heat of the fryer away from the gas tank.

    Cooking the Turkey
    -   Never cook a partially or fully frozen turkey! A frozen turkey can
        cause the oil to splatter and boil over, posing a potential risk of
        fire and burn injuries. Prior to cooking, turkeys should be thawed in
        a refrigerator at least 24 hours for every 2.5 kg (five pounds) of
    -   Dry the turkey before putting it in the oil. Pay special attention to
        drying the cavity of the bird as it has the greatest potential for
        water or ice to accumulate.
    -   When filling the pot with oil, be sure to follow the manufacturer's
        instructions and never over-fill the turkey fryer. This can cause the
        oil to overflow posing a potential risk of ignition from the burner
    -   Never heat the oil above 200 degrees C (400 degrees F) and always use
        the thermometer supplied with the turkey fryer to measure the oil
    -   Slowly lower the turkey into hot oil with caution, being careful to
        avoid an overflow.
    -   Use well-insulated oven mitts when touching a pot lid or handles as
        they can become extremely hot, posing a risk of burn injuries.
    -   Never leave a turkey fryer unattended.
    -   Young children and pets should be kept away from the area where
        turkey fryers are being used, even after use.

    In Case of Fire
    -   If any portion of the turkey fryer catches fire, do not attempt to
        extinguish or fight the fire. Immediately remove all people from the
        vicinity of the turkey fryer, and contact the fire department or
        9-1-1. Do not attempt to extinguish fire with water!

    Packing Up
    -   Never move the pot or drain the oil from the pot until the oil has
        cooled to a temperature of 45 degrees C (115 degrees F) or less.

    About CSA International

    CSA International is a provider of product testing and certification
services for electrical, mechanical, plumbing, gas and a variety of other
products. Recognized in the U.S., Canada and around the world, CSA's marks
appear on billions of products worldwide. CSA International is a division of
CSA Group, which also includes: CSA, a developer of standards and codes;
OnSpeX for consumer product evaluation services; and QMI, a leading North
American management systems registrar. CSA International can be found online
at www.csa-international.org

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For further information:

For further information: Anthony Toderian, Senior Media Relations
Officer, CSA Group, T: (416) 747-2620, E: anthony.toderian@csagroup.org

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