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We like our fried foods, even on Thanksgiving.
Still, firefighters want to make sure you don't have any disasters if you plan to fry your turkey -- each year, deep fryers are responsible for more than 1,000 fires.
One of the most important tips: Never put a frozen turkey in the deep fryer. Make sure that turkey is completely thawed because oil and water do not mix.
Experts recommend frying a bird that's no bigger than 10 pounds.
Set up the equipment outside and avoid wooden decks, patio covers, and garages-- and watch your oil level, so it doesn't spill when you drop the turkey inside.
Keep a fire extinguisher nearby just in case, and protect yourself with oven mitts, tight-fitting long sleeves, and safety goggles.
NFPA (the National Fire Protection Association) and CCFR 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 oil-less turkey fryer.
For those who plan to use a turkey fryer, despite the risks it is recommended to:
Keep the fryer in full view while the burner is on.
Keep children and pets away from the cooking area.
Place the fryer in an open area away from all walls, decks, fences or other structures.
Never use in, on, or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch, deck or any other structure that can catch fire.
Slowly raise and lower the turkey to reduce splatter and avoid burns.
Never cook in short sleeves, shorts, or bare feet. Cover all bare skin when adding or removing bird.
Protect your eyes with goggles or glasses.
Immediately turn off fryer if the oil begins to smoke.
Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water dont mix and water can cause oil to spill over, creating a fire or even an explosion.
Dont overfill fryer with oil. Turkey fryers can ignite in seconds after oil hits the burner.
Keep a fire extinguisher appropriate for oil fires close at hand and be familiar with how to operate it.
Do not use a hose in attempts to douse a turkey fryer fire.
If you are burned, seek immediate medical attention.