Texas gets top spot for fried turkey fires

DENISON, TX---An increase in fried turkey fires on Thanksgiving in Texas has made prompted some local fire departments to offer advice when cooking.

Frying turkeys on Thanksgiving has become a new tradition for some families but the number of cooking fires has doubled. As
Denison Fire Marshall John Weda says, learning the proper technique could pay off.

"You want to start with a proper fryer, the pot for it; you want to fill it to about a third to a half full." said Weda.

He says a big problem with fires starts with the oil.

"The oil you use in that is combustible, so you gotta make sure your temperature is above 325 to 350 degrees." said Weda.

It's reported that firefighters respond to more than 1,000 fires with fryers each year.

Despite those numbers some turkey lovers will try and fry the bird again this year.

"It's best to do it outside, you can do it inside on a large pot, and we do, but it's just safer to do it outside on concrete where you have plenty of room for your grease." said Boedecker.

Angela Boedecker owns Angela's café in Denison. She is a pro at cooking fried turkeys. She says there's one thing you must not forget; it could make a huge difference.

"Turn that burner off, get your grease hot, turn your burner off, put your turkey in, and then light your burner off.." "So if people leave it on, that's when disaster happens?"..."That's when disaster happens." said Boedecker.

It's estimated deep fryers can result in over $15 million in property damage each year, and so to avoid these consequences, Weda says just be smart.

"Just use common sense, there's plenty of prevention videos you can watch out there on this." said Weda.

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