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Firefighters Warn About the Dangers Of Deep Frying Turkey

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Firefighters have a warning for you if you plan on frying your turkey this holiday season.

Firefighters in Florida demonstrated how not to use a propane gas powered turkey fryer.  They say the oil in the fryer during the cooking process can bubble out and fall onto the burner, causing a fire.

Experts warn that turkey fryers should always be used outdoors and away from buildings and anything that can easily burn.

Kennewick Firefighter Tim Harkins said, "The key thing is to follow the manufactures instructions.  There's a good list of cautions and precautions to follow.  If you follow those you should be safe...  You take a risk cooking a turkey in that manner.  It's not unsafe if you follow the directions."

Harkins warned the oil that is used while frying also stays hot for hours.  He said to make sure the turkey is completely thawed, keep children away from the fryer, and always have an all-purpose extinguisher nearby.