PARKERSBURG W.Va. (WTAP) - It is almost Thanksgiving, and one of the most popular ways to prepare a turkey is by deep frying it.
The Parkersburg Fire Department warns about the dangers of using a turkey fryer.
Chief Jason Matthews says that Thanksgiving is the "peak day" for cooking fires, and a lot of that has to deal with outdoor turkey frying.
Authorities say to make sure the fryer is a safe distance from the house, and others in the area also keep a safe distance. The oil in the pan along with the moisture on the uncooked turkey could present a major fire hazard.
"Definitely keep it well away from the home on a sturdy surface," said Chief Matthews. "To where, in case something would happen, you know, the liquid the oil gets in contact with the open flame. You're well away from the house and it's not going to catch any combustible materials on fire."
The chief also stresses that people cooking the turkeys outside should have an extinguishing device near them at all times.