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Waterloo firefighters offer safety tips for deep-frying your turkey

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Waterloo firefighters offer safety reminders when it comes to cooking for those who plan on deep-frying their turkey this Thanksgiving.  

The last thing anybody wants on Thanksgiving is a fire. Waterloo firefighters say it's not all uncommon. 

Waterloo firefighter Ty Graham offers safety reminders to prevent a fire when deep-frying your turkey:

1. Defrost your turkey.

2. Be mindful of where you're frying your turkey.

"You want to make sure you do it outside, away from any standing structure," said Graham. "Away from even privacy fences. Don't do it out in front of your garage. Certainly don't do it in your garage. Don't do it in your house, or even a shed. You want to have it a minimum of 20 ft. away from any permanent structure."

3. Pre-measure how much oil you need to put inside the fry pot. 

"One of the biggest mistakes is people don't measure how much oil they're supposed to put in first," said Graham. "They see the pot, so they put it so it's about two inches to the top of the pot. But by the time you add the volume of the turkey inside of there, that can take up to another gallon and a half two gallons of space and so then it boils over and on top of the flame. Stand the turkey upside the pot when it's empty. Put the water inside of the pot until it's approximately two inches on top of the turkey. Make a little etch on the inside of that, and that will tell you how much oil you need to put into it. Then dump the water out. Pat dry your turkey and then you can start filling it with oil and start heating it."

4. Make sure the oil isn't greater than 350 degrees. 

5. Before you lower your turkey in the oil, turn off the flame. 

"Before you lower your turkey in the hot oil, always, always, always, turn the flame off," said Graham. "Lower the turkey in, and you can always reignite it."

As far as other cooking you plan on doing this Thanksgiving, Firefighter Graham says it's simple: don't over-do it.

"Again this goes back to common sense," said Graham. "You're going to make sure that your oven is clean. Don't over-do it. If you can prepare a couple of things a night or two nights before, and you can just warm them up, then do that. But to have your oven going at 375-425 degrees all day long, and then you have a multitude of people coming over and they're setting tupperware on top of it, or they're setting napkins or paper towels. You know accidents can happen. You just have to be mindful of what it is that you're doing especially in the kitchen."

Firefighters also warn to make sure to keep an eye on the food, and don't leave anything that could catch fire near the stove. 

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