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Frying a turkey today? Read this before you start

Fried turkey. (Photo source: WLOX News) Fried turkey. (Photo source: WLOX News)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - With more people in the kitchen, there are more opportunities for cooking related fires on Thanksgiving. That's especially true if you're frying a turkey. It seems simple and quick enough, but frying a turkey can easily become dangerous if you don't practice safety first.

"Most common issue of frying a turkey is that it's not thawed completely. And that's putting water in grease," Biloxi Assistant Fire Chief Mark Dronet said. "You put water in hot grease and it's boiling over and as soon at that happens. And the flame's still on and you don't turn that flame off before you put the turkey in, you're going to have a fire. No doubt about it.”

Dronet said another common mistake people make is putting too much oil in the pot.

According to Butterball, to determine how much oil is needed for frying, place the thawed turkey in the fryer basket and place it in the fryer. Add water until the top of the turkey is barely covered. Remove the turkey, allowing the water to drain from the turkey back into the fryer. Measure and mark the water line, and use that line as a guide when adding oil to the propane fryer.

"You want to make sure you are outside on level ground. Never inside. Never under a carport or awning or something. Make sure you're out in the open. That's the most important thing that you can do."

As for your other Thanksgiving sides, Dronet reminds you to stay with anything you are cooking. Unattended ovens and stoves can also lead to fires.

And if you do have a fire issue on Thanksgiving Day, Dronet said don't hesitate to call.

"We stay completely staffed around here. One thing about the fire department is that we're here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year,” said Dronet.

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