NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Although many find it a delicious tradition, deep frying a turkey can be dangerous.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes and more than $15 million in property damage.

Thanksgiving is a peak day for home cooking fires. When it comes to deep-frying turkey, you want to take every precaution to keep your family and your home safe.

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Michael A. Marano, the Medical Director at the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, suggests safety precautions to follow when frying a turkey this Thanksgiving.

  • Set up away from your house
  • Use the right amount of oil
  • Find flat ground
  • Use a thawed and dry turkey
  • Monitor the temperature of the oil
  • Keep a fire extinguisher ready in the event

In the event clothing catches on fire, he suggests:

  • Stop, drop and roll or being covered with a blanket to smother the flames
  • Cool all burns immediately with tepid water, never ice
  • Seek medical attention for any burn larger than a person’s hand size
  • Only using topical burn creams after consulting with a medical professional

This is a video of Marano discussing some general Thanksgiving cooking safety tips: https://vimeo.com/rwjbarnabashealth/review/300589585/d2ec682a3a.