Tips to fry your turkey — not your home

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.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Editor and reporter for He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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