Tips to fry your turkey — not your home

This is exactly what you don't want to happen if you fry your turkey this Thanksgiving. (Courtesy U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission)

WASHINGTON — The last thing anyone wants this Thanksgiving is for a fire to gobble up their house.

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue is sharing some tips this year from the Consumer Product Safety Commission for those who want to use a turkey fryer to cook up dinner.

  • Use turkey fryers outside only and away from your home.
  • Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a porch.
  • Completely thaw and dry turkey before cooking.
  • Do not overfill the oil in the turkey fryer.
  • If the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the gas supply off.
  • Never leave the turkey fryer unattended.

For those who have forgotten the age-old wisdom of “fire bad,” the US Consumer Product Safety Commission has video to illustrate how turkey fryers and housing don’t really get along.

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