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What not to do when frying a turkey for Thanksgiving

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

Frying a turkey is a holiday tradition for many, but it can quickly turn into a tragedy if done improperly. DeKalb County Fire Captain Eric Jackson demonstrated to FOX 5 News what you don't want to do this Thanksgiving as he dropped a frozen turkey into the fryer.

Click on video above for full report from FOX 5's Nicole Estaphan

Fryer Safety Tips:

- Never place an open-flame burner of any kind inside any building, including the garage
- Never place the burner on a wooden deck or near anything flammable
- Stabilize the burner on level ground as low as possible
- Make sure all propane gas fittings are tight with no leaks
- Keep children and pets away from the open flame
- Never leave an operating turkey fryer unattended. NEVER. Take the TV or radio outside to listen to the game
- Do not overfill it with oil;
- Never heat oil to above 375-degrees
- Never put frozen or partially-thawed meat into boiling oil. The combination of ice and hot oil could create an explosion and cause oil to boil over and ignite. Always thaw meat COMPLETELY
- Always use safety gloves and metal hook to retrieve turkey from hot oil.
- Place an all-purpose ABC fire extinguisher close to the fryer.

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