Turkey fryer safety tips from the experts

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) – As we inch closer to one of the most delicious days of the year, many of you may be planning to deep-fry your turkey.

But State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer said there are some important things you should remember before you drop your bird into the hot oil.

That’s because, Thanksgiving is the leading day for home cooking fires and while deep-frying a turkey is faster and becoming more and more popular, Sehlmeyer said you’ll want to follow the instructions carefully to make sure you stay safe.

Deep-frying a turkey in gallons of hot oil that’s more than 350 degrees is as flammable as gasoline, if the vapors ignite.

But Sehlmeyer said you can avoid this by taking a few simple steps like making sure the turkey is thoroughly thawed and dry, not over-filling the fryer, only using the type of cooking oil recommended by the manufacturer, and keeping a dry-powder fire extinguisher nearby at all times.

“Nobody wants to spend Thanksgiving in the burn unit or lose your house or lose your house on during the holiday season as we move into the traditional holiday season,” Sehlmeyer said. “So, one of the things we want to be proactive today, we are educating on the right way to do this so you are your family can enjoy Thanksgiving.”

Deep-fryers aren’t the only concern. Fire officials said you should also make sure you roll up your sleeves so they don’t catch fire while cooking and keep clutter away from the stove.

For more information and tips from the State Fire Marshal, click here

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