Thanksgiving is just around the corner — and with the holiday season comes annual warnings about cooking and kitchen safety.
One particularly harrowing piece of advice originates from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a CPSC government agency charged with "protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction."
In its holiday safety guide, the CPSC cautions the public about the dangers associated with deep-frying a turkey, which "is not the safest thing to do," although it produces a "very tasty" result.
"Since 2004, CPSC is aware of 107 fire or burn incidents involving turkey fryers that have caused 47 injuries and $5.2 million in property loss," the agency claims.
The group also created a video to demonstrate exactly how catastrophically bad turkey frying can go — and it's something you need to see to believe.
In the clip, a turkey hanging from a rope is lowered into a deep fryer, which has been set up on a fake porch.
As soon as the piece of meat comes in contact with the hot oil, the deep fryer starts to smoke before the entire set up bursts into flames so tall and hot they melt part of the siding off the mock house.
If you still plan on deep frying your turkey this Thanksgiving, the CPSC recommends setting up your fryer outside and as far away from your home as possible, never inside a garage or on a porch. The agency also instructs home chefs to completely thaw and dry their bird before cooking it.
Do not overfill the oil in the fryer or leave the device unattended, the CPSC adds, and, if the oil begins to smoke, immediately turn the gas supply off.
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