A Possible 'Nuclear Explosion': The Dangers of Deep Frying a Turkey

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Thanksgiving is on our minds with November here and preparing the perfect meal is a big deal.

There are many different ways to prepare a turkey and we spoke with a few people about what can be done this Thanksgiving to prevent cooking mishaps.

One of the biggest mishaps turkey cookers make is while deep frying their turkey.

“We have all heard those stories of somebody putting that turkey in the fryer and it overflows or causes a big fire," Casper Fire Official Andrew Sundell told News 13.

Several steps need to be followed, not only to keep you safe, but to prevent possible fires as well.

Local chef Larry Cordova shared, “Now what you don't want to do is use a frozen turkey. You're talking for a nuclear explosion! If you put it inside of there, most people's mistake is they drop it in there and it'll just explode like a volcano."

Overfilling the cooking pot will not only cause an overflow of boiling oil, but can also catch fire within seconds.

"Fill up your pot about half-way full of oil, to three quarters full, and lightly, gently put the turkey inside of there,” continued Cordova.

This is a process which needs to take place outside to ensure proper precautions.

"What we like to advise is that you kind of have a three foot safe zone where there's no kids, no dogs, no nothing allowed within three feet of that turkey fryer. And always make sure it's set up on a nice, flat, solid surface such as a concrete patio or something."

According to data collected by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, in a given three-year period over half of injuries and deaths, per one-thousand fire, occurs on Thanksgiving Day.

Officials advise not adding to that statistic.

Another trick we picked up: Fill your fryer up with water first to test the amount of oil you can safely add.

Using peanut oil is the best type, but for those allergic to peanuts sunflower oil is a great alternative.

As you work with the raw turkey also remember to thoroughly clean your work area to prevent salmonella poisoning this holiday season.