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Turkey Fryer Mishaps Can Cause Serious Burns
Expert offers tips on using these devices safely
-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, Nov. 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Celebration can quickly turn to tragedy if popular turkey fryers are misused on Thanksgiving Day, experts say.
Over the last decade, more than 141 serious fires and hot-oil burns have occurred while people were using turkey fryers, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
"I have actually cared for a patient who tried to deep fry the turkey indoors, which absolutely should not be done in any circumstances," Dr. Arthur Sanford, a burn surgeon at Loyola University Health System, said in a university news release.
"And I cannot stress enough that the turkey must be moisture-free. A frozen turkey in hot oil is a recipe for tragedy," he added.
Sanford offered a number of other safety tips for people using turkey fryers:
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers tips for the safe preparation of your holiday meal.
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