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Firefighters warn of deep frying turkeys

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Firefighters warn that cooking a turkey in a deep fryer can be a dangerous way to celebrate Thanksgiving.

The National Fire Protection Association said Thanksgiving is the peak for home cooking fires and frying poses the greatest risk of fire.

Underwriters Laboratories said while some manufacturers have improved the stability of their fryers, there are still units on the market that can tip over. If that happens, as much as five gallons of hot oil can spill.

Most turkey fryers still have no thermostat controls, increasing the risk of overheating the oil to the point of combustion.

Firefighters said if you do plan to deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey, make sure to take appropriate steps to ensure your safety.

The Medford Fire-Rescue compiled a list of tips.

It includes always using the turkey fryer outdoors at a safe distance from buildings and other flammable materials.

Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck or in a garage. Make sure the unit is on a flat surface and never leave it alone.

Completely thaw your turkey before putting it in the oil, since ice crystals put into the hot oil could start a fire or even an explosion.

If a grease fire does start, never use water to try and put it out. Use a fire extinguisher or call 911.

For more information, go to the National Fire Protection Association website.

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