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Charlottesville Fire Department Holds Deep Frying Turkey Demonstration

Posted: Updated: 11/26/2013 11:40:44 PM

Firefighters in Charlottesville want you to be safe this Thanksgiving. Tuesday they put on a demonstration to show you why you should always deep-fry your turkey the proper way.

House fires are common on Thanksgiving. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says almost 2,000 families are affected nationwide every year and 72 percent of those are related to cooking.

That's why Charlottesville crews want to make sure you're playing it safe.  The Charlottesville Fire Department held a demonstration to show what can happen if one is used improperly. Fryer fires can happen easily and when they do they can be devastating.

Battalion Chief Richard Jones stated, "If something were to go wrong, it does flame over, and it could set your house on fire. So you know using it somewhere that's a flat area that you can make sure that it won't tip over, get knocked over, and make sure it's away from any structures or anything that's flammable."

Firefighters advise to never use a frozen turkey - water and oil don't mix - and melted ice can cause a boil over. The turkey needs to be thawed.

Whole Foods cooking professional Taylor Troxell says with small children in his house, frying isn't even an option.

“There's a lot of opportunity for burning things with the fryer," he stated. "If you drop anything flammable in or around the frying vessel, you can start a fire. If there's any brush or dry leaves around where you're cooking, you can start a fire. If you're too close to a tree or too close to your house, you can start a fire."

Troxell says to ensure a safe holiday it may just be a good idea to avoid the fryer all together. "As crispy as it is and juicy on the inside as it is, it's not worth somebody getting hurt or having some of your property damaged."

Charlottesville fire officials urge those who decide to fry your Thanksgiving feast to make sure there's a fire extinguisher close by.

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