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WATCH: Austin Fire Department demonstrates how NOT to fry a turkey

(Photos/video courtesy: Austin Fire Department)

On Monday, the Austin Fire Department demonstrated the dangers you could face by trying to fry a partially-frozen turkey this Thanksgiving.


FEMA's U.S. Fire Administration listed the five dangers of deep-frying a turkey:

  1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  4. 4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

Questions during cooking? You can call the food safety line toll free at 1-888-674-6854.


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