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. Michael A. Marano, MD, medical director at the Burn Center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, an RWJBarnabas Health facility and New Jersey’s only certified Burn Center, offers the following tips on the safety precautions necessary to follow when frying a turkey this Thanksgiving, including:

  •     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 case clothing catches on fire, follow these tips:

  •     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