More cooking fires are started today than on any other day of the year. And local fire departments are urging people to be careful.
While conventional ways to cook a turkey can start a fire, it's deep-frying a bird that has authorities more concerned each year, as that method becomes increasingly popular.
Those who decide to drop their turkey into a deep fryer are urged to make sure that fryer is at least 10 feet from any other device or structure. In addition, fire departments say not to overfill the fryer with oil, or mix any other liquid into it. Many fires started by deep-frying are attributed to water melting off the frozen bird into the oil, causing the fryer to overflow. Making sure your turkey is thawed before you cook it can prevent that.