Some would argue the best tasting turkeys are fried, but the National Fire Prevention Agency (NFPA) says turkey fryers are too dangerous and should not be used.
They say there often spills associated with the large amount of hot oil used to fry a turkey at home. As a result, burners used to heat the oil often ignite the spilled oil cause fires.
“The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property,” NFPA says.
They say if you want your turkey deep fried you should seek out professional establishments like grocery stores and restaurants or look into an “oil-less” turkey fryer.
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But those who prefer to use an oven to cook the turkey are not out danger.
NFPA says Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Some safety tips include:
- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
- Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
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