Follow these safety tips when deep-frying a turkey

Posted at: 11/21/2012 10:47 AM
By: Antoinette Antonio, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A deep fried turkey could very well be one the most dangerous and delicious dishes you'll ever make.

The experts from Ace Hardware stopped by KOB to give us a demo on how to safely cook a deep fried turkey.

It all starts with a clean, very dry turkey.

Don't overfill your fryer with peanut oil, most of them will have a fill line.

Once you put the turkey into your fryer, lower it very slowly. Remember, where you set up your fryer is also very important.

Our demonstration was in the parking lot on asphalt, several feet away from any cars, and nothing overhead.

Tim Salazar of Ace Hardware says, "Preferably don't do it on a wooden deck, don't do it underneath a carport, and most importantly don't do it in a house."

He adds that it's all about using your common sense.

You also want to make sure you wear long sleeves, because that oil could splatter on you, even if you do everything correctly.

Make sure to have a grade B fire extinguisher handy which is specifically for grease fires.

If a fire does start you want to cut off the propane then use that extinguisher.