Fire department demonstrates Thanksgiving cooking dangers

November 21, 2012 8:43:15 PM PST
Deep frying a turkey is one of the leading reasons firefighters respond to a fire on Thanksgiving Day. If you are planning to deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey, the Menlo Park Fire Department has some safety tips.

The obvious danger is a large amount of super-hot oil.

The key tip is to make sure you put your fryer outside on a flat surface that is outside and your turkey is completely thawed.

Do not fry it indoors and do not use a fryer on a wooden deck, or in the garage.

Never leave the fryer unattended and make sure you keep kids and pets away from it.

If it does catch on fire, do not use water to put it out. Keep a fire extinguisher handy and call 911.