RICHLAND, Wash. - Thanksgiving is approaching and if you're planning on deep frying a turkey it's a good idea to learn some safety tips.
Firefighters recommend frying a turkey outside with no children or pets around. Also make sure to measure your turkey because the water and oil could overflow causing a fire.
And firefighters say people often forget one of the most important things about preparing the turkey.
"You need to properly thaw your turkey out. If It's not completely thawed, you can have a reaction with the moisture from the turkey and with the oil and it will cause a big fire hazard and there is a large potential to get burned,"said, James Jordon, Richland Asst. Fire Marshall.
Firefighters say to keep a fire extinguisher near you at all times. It's important to be careful cooking indoors as well. Firefighters say most cooking accidents occur during the holidays.