Tips to keep you safe when deep frying a turkey

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - If you are planning on deep frying your Thanksgiving turkey, be aware of the potential hazards.

Fire officials said that grease and cooking fires double during this time of year.  The main cause is that the turkey hasn't fully thawed out.  Officials advise giving the bird 24 hours to thaw before frying it.  

Another tip is to not leave the fryer unattended or overfilled.  The oil could catch fire.

Fire officials said if you have a spill that you should contact 911 before taking matters into your own hands.  Having a water hose or a fire extinguisher nearby is also handy.

The safest place to fry a turkey is outside on cement away from your house.  Be sure to keep it away from children and pets.