Thanksgiving warning: Deep-fried turkey a danger

Deep fried turkey warning
Deep fried turkey warning

Deep-fried turkey on Thanksgiving may be tasty, but it's not worth burning down the house, Underwriters Laboratories warns.

The consumer product safety group has refused to endorse any turkey fryers this holiday season -- which means consumers won't see the familiar UL tag on the cooking gadgets used to cook an untold percentage of the estimated 45 million turkeys on U.S. tables this Thanksgiving.

Manufacturers have made improvements to fryer designs, including non-heat conducting handles and sturdier stands, UL concedes. But the 116-year-old, Illinois-based non-profit said its tests showed the fryers are still dangerous.