With Halloween behind us, we all begin to focus our attention on getting together with friends and family for a Thanksgiving celebration. Every family has meal traditions, special dessert treats and things that make Thanksgiving special. For some, this involves a deep-fried turkey, sliced thin and moist for all to enjoy. While the turkey can be amazing, hot oil over an open flame has certain risks. And that's before the carving knife comes out.

In an effort to keep everyone safe this Thanksgiving, we thought it might be helpful to review some Thanksgiving safety tips, along with some advice from the U.S. Fire Administration :

  1. Always use turkey fryers outdoors and at a safe distance from anything that might catch fire, including your house and garage. Do not fry your turkey inside your garage, and stay off wooden decks
  2. Keep the fryer on a level surface
  3. Never leave the fryer unattended when in use. Pets or children should be kept away from the fryer until the oil has completely cooled
  4. Make sure your turkey is fully thawed, and make sure there is as little water on the turkey as possible. (The National Turkey Federation recommends thawing the turkey in the fridge about 24 hours for every five pounds of weight)
  5. Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher close at hand during frying, and remember never to use water to put out a grease or oil fire
  6. Finally, make sure to wear protective gear: eye protection in case of popping oil, an apron, and insulated gloves to prevent burns, and always wear closed-toed shoes in case of hot oil spillage

What do you think of our 2012 Thanksgiving safety tips. Do you have one of your own? Please share in the comments section below.