Tulsa Firefighters Warn Of Turkey Fryers

Wednesday, November 26th 2008, 5:21 pm
By: News On 6

News On 6

TULSA, OK - Tulsa firefighters see it every year.  Someone decides to deep-fry a turkey and ends up starting a fire.  But, it is possible to have a great meal and keep your house safe.

The Tulsa Fire Department says it's important that you take your fryer outside and make sure there's nothing combustible within ten feet.  Also, it's takes about 45 minutes to cook a turkey.  So, get comfortable because the minute you walk away is when something bad could happen.

Firefighters say prepping the bird just might be the most important thing you do.

"We all know that oil and water don't mix and hot grease and water causes a big explosion of grease and it can create burns, and then, the resulting spray of grease can cause a fire," said Tulsa Fire Captain Michael Baker.

Captain Baker says make sure your turkey is thawed and you pat it dry completely before putting it into the oil.