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Fried turkey is a Thanksgiving tradition. So are fires.

SAFD warns of fiery danger of dropping frozen bird in hot oil

SAN ANTONIO – Deep-fried turkey may be a juicy tradition, but it can also send your feast up in flames - or worse.

“Ensure the turkey is completely thawed to prevent a fire or explosion hazard,” the San Antonio Fire Department posted on its Facebook page.

Thanksgiving day is the peak day for cooking fires across the country, and fryers are a common culprit, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

One of the most dangerous mistakes is dunking the bird before it’s thoroughly thawed.

As the SAFD showed in a 2017 demonstration, doing so quickly creates a dangerous fireball.

To cook up a dinner that’s tasty and not tragic, SAFD says follow this advice:

  • Set up in a safe outdoor space at least 10 feet away from the house or structures and not on a wooden deck.
  • Make sure the turkey is thoroughly thawed. Even a partially frozen bird can create an explosive fire.
  • Don’t overfill the fryer with oil. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Raise and lower the turkey slowly to prevent splatter, burns and fire.
  • Have a fire extinguisher in close reach. Do not douse an oil fire with water because it will make it worse.
  • Wear protective gloves and eye wear.
  • Never leave a fire unattended and keep a close watch on children.

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