Plan to deep-fry your turkey? Firefighters share safety tips

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 26, 2015) - Local firefighters say Thanksgiving is the peak time for kitchen fires and injuries. A major hazard comes when people try to deep-fry their turkey without taking the proper precautions.

Captain Michael Pruitt from the Wayne Township Fire Department stopped by FOX 59 Morning News to demonstrate the wrong and right ways to cook your Thanksgiving turkey.

He recommends starting the cooking process by putting your turkey into the fryer and filling it with water to determine exactly how much oil you will eventually need. The overflow of oil can lead to flames. Pruitt also said thawing the turkey before frying it is crucial. Fire officials say Thanksgiving cooks need to have a fire extinguisher on stand-by if they plan on using a deep-fryer.

A good alternative to a deep-fryer is an infra-red cooker because you don't need the oil, according to Pruitt.

Watch the video for a full demonstration.