Safety tips for frying a turkey for Thanksgiving

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They want to give you some safety tips to make sure you have a safe holiday.

Thanksgiving is the number one day in the year for cooking-related fires.

"A key point is you never want to do unattended cooking, if you're cooking you need to be in there watching the cooking", said Captain David Kouba with the Amarillo Fire Department. Don't leave unattended food cooking on the stovetop. Make sure you also keep them out of reach from accidental bumps from the family klutz (AKA me) or pets.

Cooking areas should be clear of pot holders or food wrappers, which can catch fire easily.

And to keep an extra eye on children in the kitchen.

If you have a fire in your microwave, turn it off immediately and keep the door closed. "That's the number one contributor to these Thanksgiving fires and cooking fires in general".

Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles.

"Make sure there is nothing combustible closer than 3 feet from a cooking or heating source".

The Oklahoma City Fire Department released a video on twitter in response to the call to safety.

"Every 8 minutes, the Red Cross responds to a home fire nationally", said O'Brien. "Make sure your electrical cords aren't in a place where kids can grab it", said Carter.

Cooking equipment was involved in nearly half (48 percent) of all reported home fires and tied with heating equipment for the second leading cause of home fire deaths. Or if you're using an oven turn down the heat and get out of the house. The United States Fire Administration says to thaw the turkey completely. Two-thirds of house fires involving cooking equipment begin with the ignition of food - mostly being fat, oil, or grease - causing roughly three-quarters of civilian deaths, injuries and direct property damage associated with food ignitions. Use a fryer with thermostat controls to manage the oil temperature.

"The problem is we panic and react without thinking", explained Springfield Fire Department spokesperson Cara Erwin.

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