While preparing for their holiday meal, many will turn to the tradition of turkey frying.
Community members are being reminded about the hazards behind the cooking technique.
Because of the oil and hot temperatures, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says turkey fryers are unsafe to use.
A fire may occur if hot oil spills onto the flame, or if the equipment is heated above 375 degrees.
Turkey fryers shouldn’t be used in a garage or on a structure that can catch of fire, such as porches or barns.
Users can also be harmed by steam, which causes burns. Steam results from oil that splatters when frozen turkeys are being cooked, and when hot oil comes in contact with rain or snow.
The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue (PWCDFR) and Chief Kevin McGee are also advising citizens remain vigilant when cooking.
They also recommended that flammable objects, including oven mitts and wooden utensils, be kept away from stoves.
Here are some more kitchen safety tips.
If a grease fire occurs, individuals must leave the area and call 911.
Water shouldn’t be used to extinguish it.