JOPLIN, MO.--- If you're planning to deep fry a turkey for Thanksgiving, the Joplin Fire Department is reminding you to be careful. Before putting the turkey in the oil inside the fryer, make sure you get out the moisture absorbed in the turkey. The Joplin fire chief says water and oil don't mix well and the oil can burn over and potentially catch on fire. He adds people shouldn't put the deep fryer on anything that's flammable.
"The best thing is a concrete pad or concrete area that's away from the home, so that if it does happen to boil over and catch fire its not going to endanger your home," said Mitch Randles, Joplin Fire Chief.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, deep frying accidents lead to more than 4,000 fires and 10 deaths a year.
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