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Thanksgiving Day safety tips for turkey fryers

TYLER, November 27, 2013— The Tyler Fire Department would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving.  The number of home cooking fires increases significantly on Thanksgiving Day as compared to the national average on all other days. 

With Thanksgiving approaching, many people will be frying turkeys.  If done incorrectly, this can be a dangerous endeavor.  Below are just a few safety tips to think about before frying.

  • Fryers should only be used outdoors away from buildings and combustible material.  Never use in garages or on wooden decks.
  • Look for newer fryers with sealed lids to prevent oil spills.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended.
  • Keep children and pets away from fryer at all times.
  • The turkey should be completely thawed and patted dry prior to frying.  Water and oil do not mix.  This could cause the oil to splatter and boil over.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher appropriate for oil fires close at hand and be familiar with how to operate it.  Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.
  • Always wear the appropriate clothing: shirts with long sleeves, full length pants, and shoes that completely cover the feet. Safety goggles are also recommended.
  • If a fire or accident does occur, call 911 immediately. 

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