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Dangers this holiday when cooking your bird

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According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires. Reports indicate the number of home-cooking fires on Thanksgiving day was three times the national average for fires per day in 2009.

Officials with the Waterloo Fire Department says the oil in the fryer is combustible. When it gets hot it creates a violent reaction and as the turkey is dumped into the fryer you get a fire.

Waterloo fire fighter Shane Schellhorn says it's important to remember to keep an eye on your cooking and not to get distracted.

"A lot of people are in the kitchen and cooking. With the hustle and bussle and stress even of the holidays. They maybe multitasking and forget about things on the stove. So never leave your cooking unattended because it is dangerous and can be life threatening," said Schellhorn.

So what is the safe way to deep fat fry your bird?

1. Remember to properly thaw the turkey before frying. The ice and hot oil react violently so make sure your turkey isn't that wet.

2. Try to avoid oil spillover. Don't over fill the fryer.

3. Turn off the flame while lowering the turkey into the oil. This will help when putting the turkey in the fryer to avoid splashing or excessive bubbling.

4. Always remember to do this in a wide open area. Never do it indoors like in a garage or even on a deck.

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