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Turkey Fryer Warning: Hot Oil Cooking Popular But Dangerous

Image: Turkey Fryer Warning: Hot Oil Cooking Popular But Dangerous Firefighter monitoring a turkey fryer during a safety demonstration in San Leandro, California.

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 10:20 AM

By Clyde Hughes

Warning: Sure, it looks good and the taste is even better, but the increasing popular option of frying a turkey – especially among men – can come with its dangers.

WSVN-TV in Miami reported that grease and cooking-related injuries more than double on Thanksgiving Day, usually dealing with turkey frying.

"Oil gets over 350 degrees," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Arnold Piedrahita told WSVN-TV. "Remember this is peanut oil, it's meant to cook at extremely high temperatures. You can only imagine what 350 degrees hot cooking oil can do to the human skin."

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Piedrahita told WSVN-TV the keys to successfully frying a turkey safely includes making sure the turkey is properly thawed and making sure the cooker doesn't have too much oil in the pot where it could easily spill or tip over.

Attempting to fry a frozen turkey is known to cause a fire in a pot filled with hot oil.

"Use it away from your house," Piedrahita said. "Make a surface made out of pavers or gravel in case the oil was to spill. Do not let anyone but the person frying the turkey to get near the turkey fryer . . . kids, pets, your buddies coming over."

Frying a turkey is serious business. For example, a family trying to fry a turkey in the garage of their home in the Chicago suburb of Crystal Lake, Ill. last year started a fire that caused $80,000 damage to the home, according to Patch.com.

The National Fire Protection Association told Fox News in 20011 that deep fryers fires cause five deaths, 60 injuries, destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage annually.

Veteran Mississippi firefighter Tommy Steen told Fox News that most mistakes happen with rookie turkey fryers and that "99.9 percent of the time you can pull this off without a problem, as long as you do it right."

Butterball Turkey Talk-Line director Mary Clingman told the "Today" show that men have thrown themselves into the Thanksgiving Day meal. She told "Today" that 84 percent are involved in some way why 42 percent have locked on cooking the turkey.

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