AFD demonstrates how not to fry a Thanksgiving turkey

AUSTIN (KXAN) — On Thursday, the Austin Fire Department, with help from H-E-B, demonstrated how not to fry a turkey.

AFD said the demonstration was in anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday.

According to the department, Texas ranks No.1 for the most grease and cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day.

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AFD said some common mistakes people make while frying a turkey included:

  • Too much oil in the fryer pot
  • Dropping a frozen or partially thawed turkey into oil
  • Fryer is too close to structures
  • Oil and ice do not mix
  • Unattended cooking

According to AFD, the National Fire Protection Association said deep fryers cause an average of five deaths, 60 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage each year.

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