DAVIE (CBSMiami) – With Thanksgiving day less than a week away, Broward Sheriff’s Office officials are urging anyone frying a  turkey to take safety precautions so their celebration doesn’t turn into tragedy.

Firefighters donned their gear Friday at their training center in Davie to demonstrate how quickly a turkey and a fryer filled with oil can start a dangerous fire.

“Thanksgiving is the top day for cooking fires to happen, so it is important to keep safety in mind,” said BSO Fire Marshal Robert Arrighetti.

While they do not encourage novice fryers to operate the machine, they do offer some tips to make sure you and your family are safe.

Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.

Make sure the fryer is positioned on a flat surface so the oil doesn’t spill or slosh.

Operate the fryer outside, a minimum of 50 feet from any structure or object.

Never fry a frozen turkey. Make sure the bird is thoroughly thawed before frying.

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