DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -— “We have more than double the number of home fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year”.
Whether you fry it or bake it your Thanksgiving turkey could go up in smoke if you get distracted.
More people in the kitchen are entertaining family, having guests over, and tend to get distracted, and forget food is on the stove.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2011 and 2015 Fire Departments responded to more than 170 thousand fires on Thanksgiving Day involving cooking equipment like deep fryers.
Of course in the South the thing that we see a lot is the deep-fried turkey.
Dothan Fire Marshal Chris Etheredge says “if you plan on frying your bird don't do it on something combustible like a deck”. He also says you should make sure your turkey is completely thawed before you lower it into the oil.
Often times when it's not thawed, it begins to boil and that scares the person, they drop it, it splashes out and creates a significant fire or burns.
If a fire does break out in your kitchen, Etheredge says it's best to not try to handle it yourself.
"Call 911, we would much rather be responding and you not need us when we get there than you to need us and try to put the fire out yourself and it get bigger and worse".