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Deep frying a turkey for Thanksgiving? Read safety tips here

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.

In fact, fires more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.

Here's some important tips on properly frying a turkey from the Quincy Fire Department:

  • Make sure someone is always near the fryer outside, keeping an eye on it.
  • Establish a safe zone around it, so kids and pets can't get hurt or knock it over.
  • Don't wear loose fitting clothes, because they could catch on fire from the grease.

"Because some of the older fryers don't have a temperature regulator on there. The new ones do and if it gets too hot it will automatically shut off. The other big danger with the fryers are burns. Whether it's from steam or the fryer is knocked over," Jerry Smith, a Quincy firefighter, said.

Smith also says make sure your turkey is completely thawed and drained of its fluids.

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