Thanksgiving is a time for many to reconnect with family and enjoy hearty, homemade foods.It is also a time to be cautious about cooking fires. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, “Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.” If you are planning to fry any foods this holiday, especially your turkey, take a look at these cooking hazards and safety tips from the USFA.

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. 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.

The USFA is leading a national campaign called Fire Is Everyone’s Fight in an effort to reduce the number of home fires in the country and encourage people to think more about fire prevention. To get involved, visit For more cooking and other fire safety tips, be sure to visit

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