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Norton Shores Fire Department
Wednesday November 26th, 2014 :: 12:05 p.m. EST


Please enjoy yourselves safely this Thanksgiving and every day! Cooking can be dangerous if done improperly!

The Thanksgiving holiday brings loved ones together for feasting, fellowship, and football. Many of these meals will include a turkey fryer, along with many other cooking appliances. The Norton Shores Fire Department is providing these safety tips to help keep this special time safe:

• Use fryer in an open area away from walls, fences and other structures.

• Never use in, on or under a garage, breezeway, carport, porch or any structure that could catch fire.

• If a fire starts, immediately call 911. Don't attempt to extinguish fire with water.

• Have at least 2 feet of space between the liquid propane tank and fryer burner.

• Position the propane tank and fryer so that the wind blows the heat of the fryer away from the tank.

• Completely thaw (USDA says 24 hours for every 4 to 5 pounds) and dry turkey before cooking.

• If the turkey isn't completely thawed or is wet, that can cause excessive hot splatter when added to the oil.

• Follow the manufacturer's instructions to figure out the right amount of oil to add. Here's a good guideline:

1. Fill with water until the turkey is covered by about 1/2 inch of water

2. Mark water level. Dump water, dry the pot, and fill with oil to the marked level.

And as always, never leave what's on the stove, oven or deep fryer unattended.

Norton Shores Fire Department
1100 E Pontaluna Rd
Norton Shores, MI 49441

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 231-798-2255

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