Thanksgiving is the time for great family meals consisting of pies, mashed potatoes, and of course it isn’t Thanksgiving without the Turkey! Everyone has their own recipe, and own technique of cooking. Maybe you’re thinking you want to mix it up this year, what about a fried turkey? They are not only delicious and juicy to eat, they can be extremely dangerous to make.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, fried turkey’s on Thanksgiving are responsible for more than a thousand fires. Why is it so dangerous? People don’t know how to properly prepare it. There is certain safety tips you should follow, here’s a few:

  • Thaw Your Turkey- One major cause of turkey fryer accidents is that the turkey is not completely thawed, which can create a volatile situation. Allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed.
  • Go Outside- Use your turkey fryer outdoors, away from buildings and anything that can burn. You’d think you wouldn’t have to mention this, but there’s a reason it’s on the list.
  • Stay Alert- Never leave the fryer unattended. If you don't watch it carefully, the oil may catch fire.

So when you’re deep frying the bird this year, be safe, and enjoy the taste.