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Firefighters demonstrate the safe way to fry a turkey

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Firefighters say the winter months and the holidays are their busiest time of year, and they want to make sure your turkey frying isn't their next call.

As many people are starting to pick out their Thanksgiving turkeys, The Myrtle Beach Fire Department demonstrated different ways to fry a turkey. They used gloves, and checked oil temperatures and levels before dropping the turkey in.
 

Lt. Christian Sliker suggests people either stick to the oven or leave the frying in the hands of a professional, but says if frying a turkey is part of your family tradition, the department wants you to take the right precautions.
 

“We want to make sure people are staying safe and taking that danger element out by having it done by a professional, or just sticking to the oven. But in the South, frying a turkey is a great past time, it's a delicious turkey, so if you're going to do it, we want to make sure people are doing it safe by taking those steps…those precautions,” Lt. Sliker explained.

These precautions include: frying the turkey outside, away from children, away from anything that could easily go up in flames, and in form-fitting clothing.

“Just know what you're doing. Keep it outside the house. Keep it in a kid-free zone and make sure you're not near any combustibles, ten feet from combustibles is the range you want to be just in case it does tip over or a fire does erupt,” Sliker said.

“Make sure you do have the turkey completely thawed out. You have an extinguishing agent on hand, and also make sure your oil level is completely at the right level so you make sure that there's no fire, spillage of anything that can cause any damage to the fryer,” Sliker added.

Lt. Sliker says even though electrical fryers are safer, he recommends those be used outside too.

The fire department recommends people look up the proper instructions online before frying a turkey and handed out these tips.

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