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Fire Marshal Urges Cooking Safety Ahead of Holiday

Northwest Arkansas kitchens are about to see some serious use and the holiday can be dangerous if the cooks aren't careful.
Washington County, AR - Northwest Arkansas kitchens are about to see some serious use and the holiday can be dangerous if the cooks aren't careful.

Washington County's Assistant Fire Marshal Tyler McCartney wants everyone to keep safety in mind while preparing Thanksgiving meals.

"That's a big time of year, especially for the turkey fryers," McCartney says. "That's were we see a lot of fires."

McCartney says frying a turkey presents a number of issues.

"That deep fried oil really gets people," he says. "It overheats and catches on fire."

Make sure not to overfill the pot, and defrost the bird for 24 hours for every five pounds.

"Make sure it's thawed out before you stick it in that hot grease," McCartney says. "If you put it in there without it being thawed, it will start to boil over and catch that grease on fire."

The fryers must be used outside, on an even surface away from the house, but McCartney says injuries happen inside too. He says it's important to keep a close eye on pots and pans while cooking on the stove top.

"We do get a lot of burn patients due to grease, we also get kids who also get burns to them," he says. "Stay in the kitchen with it, don't wander off too far... especially with kids, make sure you have at least a 3 foot area around the stove that's a no entry zone."

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