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Regions Burn Center reminds people frying turkeys to be cautious.

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Doctors at Regions Hospital's Burn Center are hoping Thanksgiving chefs take extra caution if they're deep-frying their turkeys this year.

"No one wants to spend Thanksgiving in the Burn Center," said Dr. William Mohr, director of The Burn Center at Regions Hospital and a HealthPartners physician. "If you're using a deep-fat fryer, there are some simple precautions you can take."

Fryer accidents not only burn people with hot oil, they can also lead to house fires. Here are a few tips to make Thanksgiving safer:

* Set up fryers in an open area outdoors, with a fire extinguisher nearby

* Only use turkeys weighing 12 pounds or less

* Before frying, make sure the turkey is thawed and pat it dry with paper towels to keep water from coming into contact with the hot oil

* Lower the turkey into the oil very slowly

* Use oils with high smoke points, such as peanut, canola and safflower

* Closely monitor the temperature of the oil closely, keeping it at 350 degrees. If you see any smokecoming from the pot of oil, turn the burner off.

* Keep children and pets away from the fryer during use, as well as for several hours after; the oil remains dangerously hot for a long time

* If the oil starts to smoke and catches fire, put it out with your fire extinguisher, not water.

The Burn Center also reminds people to be especially careful cooking anything if you're tired and to always know where toddlers are while you're working in the kitchen.

About Regions Hospital Regions Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and teaching hospital serving Minnesota and western Wisconsin for more than 130 years. Regions is a private, non-profit hospital providing outstanding care in women's health, heart, cancer, surgery, orthopaedics, neuroscience, burn, emergency care and more. Regions is part of the HealthPartners family of care. Additional information is available at regionshospital.com.
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