Don’t be a turkey, stay safe this Thanksgiving Published Nov. 23, 2016 By Senior Airman Tori Schultz 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Although a delicious tradition, deep-frying a turkey on Thanksgiving can be risky.While some people rave about this tasty creation, the use of turkey fryers can be unsafe when used irresponsibly. Dangers of turkey frying: Many units easily tip over, spilling hot oil within the cooking pot. If the cooking pot is overfilled with oil, the oil may spill out of the unit when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot. Oil may hit the burner/flame causing a fire to engulf the entire unit. Partially frozen turkeys placed into a fryer can cause a spillover effect, which may result in an extensive fire. With no thermostat controls, the units also have a potential to overheat the oil to the point of combustion. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards. Turkey fryer tips: Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn. Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages. Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have a thermostat controls. Never let children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, hours after use. To avoid spillover, do not overfill the fryer. Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish a grease fire. Remember to use your best judgment when attempting to fight a fire. In the event of a fire immediately call 9-1-1 for help. Simply following these pieces of advice and practicing risk management can decrease accidents and improve the likelihood that you’ll be safe to enjoy a delectable treat. Thanksgiving is a great time for family and friends to come together and create lasting memories, but those memories will be less painful when these safety tips are followed.