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Laramie County Combined Communications sends out turkey fire prevention reminders

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, and the Laramie County Combined Communications Center team is reminding residents to be mindful when cooking.

They can help prevent a turkey fryer fire by considering the following tips:

  • Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.
  • An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.
  • Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.
  • Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.
  • The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.
  • Never deep-fry a frozen turkey