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Safety first when frying turkey

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DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Frying a turkey can get the work done in half the time, but it could also burn your house down if you're not careful.

Today DeKalb County fire crews demonstrated the proper way to deep fry a turkey.

Capt. Eric Jackson said, when using an outside fryer, you should keep a safe distance from any structure.

"Typically you want to be at least 10 feet away from a home or garage on a flat surface," said Jackson. "It seems like every time I do this demonstration there is someone's home that winds up being a casualty of improperly deep-frying a turkey."

Jackson said a fully thawed turkey lowered slowly into a fryer with an oil temperature of about 165 to 325 degrees is key to a safe deep-fried bird.

He added that it's not just your home you need to be concerned with and that a quickly dropped frozen turkey could also lead to a trip to the hospital.

"With this heat, we're talking well into third-degree burns, full thickness burns. Again, that will require skin grafting, which is very painful," said Jackson.

It's also advised that the cook wear long sleeves, long pants and have a fire extinguisher nearby instead of a garden hose, since oil and water don't mix.

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