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Dangers of cooking your Thanksgiving turkey

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -- With cooking a Thanksgiving feast, there's also the potential for kitchen fires and accidents. And while fire departments are prepared to respond to any accidents that may happen, they also want cooks to take safety precautions this holiday season.

There are many ways to cook a turkey and each one has a set of precautions that should be taken. Click here for preparation tips from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

One method that can be particularly dangerous is frying a turkey. Waterloo fire fighter Shane Schellhorn says fires usually start because the oil in the fryer is combustible and when it gets hot, creates a violent reaction. He says it's important to have a thermometer to monitor the temperature of the oil. And while many people would fry a turkey in the garage or on a patio, Schellhorn says it's important to make sure you're in a wide open area in case a fire starts.

The FSIS says the cooking oil should be heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, and the turkey should be cooked for 3-5 minutes per pound.

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough 

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