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Thanksgiving safety: Mark Holley deep fries turkey

(WEAU) - Gathering the family for Thanksgiving can create a lot of cherished memories, but preparing the feast can sometimes turn into a dangerous situation.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, at home cooking fires are three times more likely to happen on thanksgiving.

But what about the dangers behind deep frying a turkey?

Besides severe injuries, burns and even death, according to the National Fire Protection Association, deep fryers cause about $15 million dollars’ worth of property damage per year.

So, they recommend not frying a turkey at all.

Also people who do decide to fry a turkey often don't read the manual.

Every year, firefighters across the country get ready for Thanksgiving, to fight fires.
But some people look for a delicious turkey by deep frying, which can be dangerous.

"Normally people just drop her in and let her go and the oil spills over because it’s heated way past ignition temperature now. Now you start spreading the fire all over the place," said Michael Laska, Fire Inspector with Eau Claire Fire Department.

The oil isn't supposed to go over 350 degrees and firefighters in Florida demonstrated what happens when it does.

Meanwhile the Eau Claire Fire Department says often times people fry turkey's indoors.

"They try to fire it in their garage because normally this time of year there's snow and cold," said Laska.

Deputy Chief Burkhart says if you plan on deep frying a turkey at your home you should have a fire extinguisher on hand in case there's a fire.

The fire inspector says water and oil don't mix which is why fire extinguishers are so important.

"This one with your C02. This can be used for different types of fires as well not for your ordinary combustibles but your B and C which would be your liquid fires that were talking about with our turkey fires."

Deep fryers have caused so many problems that they're not approved by the Underwriter’s Laboratory. The problem is the fryer’s instability.

"They sit up high on a stand on legs and these bases aren't wide enough so when you have this big phat of oil and then you have the turkey weight of a 15-20 pounder they become real tippy."


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