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Madison Fire and Rescue talks turkey fryer safety

MADISON, Ala. - With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, Madison firefighters are not only telling people about the importance of cooking safety - they're showing them.

Monday, a small crew gathered outside Madison Fire & Rescue Station #1 on Mill Road to demonstrate how *not* to deep fry a turkey.

A firefighter in turnout gear used a hook to drop a frozen turkey into the vat of bubbling oil. Almost instantly, flames shot several feet into the air and enveloped the fryer.

The firefighters aren't trying to prevent you from enjoying your fried turkey this holiday but David Glassman, emergency operations logistics officer for the department, does want you to do it safely.

Here are their tips:

  • Follow the fryer directions exactly. Fill oil only to the level indicated.
  • Set up the fryer outside, away from your house. Do not use in a garage or on a deck. A concrete surface is ideal.
  • Do not overheat the oil.  Around 350 degrees is the standard recommendation.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed. Never put a frozen turkey in a deep fryer.
  • Wear a long protective glove and place, don't drop, the turkey into the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended and small children should not be allowed to play nearby.

Remember, there are more house fires on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. For your safety and that of your family, please take care this holiday season.