Friday, May 17 2013 11:23 PM EDT2013-05-18 03:23:44 GMT
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Parker Krag has received an appointment to the academy. He got his acceptance packet Friday morning.More >>
A Hattiesburg High School senior will soon be on his way to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.More >>
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ORLANDO (WFTV/CNN) – Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names. The list alternates between boy and girl names. The list kicks off withMore >>
Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names.More >>
Monday, May 13 2013 12:24 PM EDT2013-05-13 16:24:04 GMT
MARION COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come. According to Marion County Sheriff Berkley Hall, the drug raid is the result of severalMore >>
A weekend-long drug raid left 22 individuals behind bars, and more arrests to come.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 4:04 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:04:23 GMT
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South Korea says North Korea has fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters. Pyongyang routinely test-launches such missiles.More >>
North Korea fired three short-range guided missiles into its eastern waters on Saturday, a South Korean official said. It routinely tests such missiles, but the latest launches came during a period of tentative diplomacy...More >>
(RNN) - During the holidays many people choose to fry turkey instead of the traditional oven bake.
But every year, people get burned or damage their property while preparing this tasty Thanksgiving treat.
The internet is flooded with videos of explosive fires that can potentially be catastrophic moments. The ingredients: frozen turkeys, scalding hot grease and an open flame.
There are several dangers when deep frying a turkey: overfilling the pot, tipping the pot over and overheating the oil, which can lead to combustion and large fires.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, any contact between the turkey fryer, hot oil and skin causes a risk of serious burns or an explosive grease fire.
"If you put in too much oil that can be bad because when you put the turkey in, it can spill over the top and cause the entire unit to be engulfed in flames," the association said on their website.
The NFPA said never use turkey fryers in a garage or on a wooden deck. Keep all propane-fired turkey fryers outdoor only.
If you are going to fry a turkey, make sure the turkey is completely thawed – because it will explode - and keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby, because we all know, oil and water don't mix.
Deep fryer fires cause more than $15 million in property damage every year, not to mention the serious injuries people can get from hot oil spills, according to the NFPA.
"Usually what you see is burns that are either from flames that are too high or you see splash burns," Dr. Sean Denim, an ER physician at Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, TX told KLTV.
Dr. Denim said burn injuries are not to be taken lightly.
"A lot of times people think it's not that big of a deal but it's something that really needs to be looked at by a professional because sometimes these burns can get really bad, they can get infected and sometimes serious burns can scar, " Dr. Denim said.
The NFPA said most fryer fires are preventable and East Texas Chef Cedric Fletcher has one other tip for people frying turkeys.
"Don't drink and fry is what the national fire safety protection board needs to say. Alcohol can impair your judgment and deep frying a turkey is serious and can result in serious injuries," Fletcher said to KLTV.
The National Safety Consultant Underwriters Laboratories considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use presenting numerous hazards to its consumers.
"We're worried by the increasing reports of fires related with turkey fryer use," said John Drengenberg, consumer affairs manager of UL. "Based on our test findings, the fryers used to produce those great-tasting birds are not worth the risks. And, as a result of these tests, UL has decided not to certify any turkey fryers with our trusted UL Mark."
But if you decide to give it a fry…try… following all of these safety precautions could prevent your holiday plans from going up in smoke.
Deep Fried Turkey Do's
Seasoning – Apply the rub the night before to allow it to sink in, otherwise, it will come right off.
Be Safe – Don't deep fry anywhere near your house, or even deck or shed. Wear shoes, pants and a long-sleeved shirt to protect yourself from the oil. In case of a fire, have an extinguisher nearby, water will only make the fire worse.
Oil – Cooking experts recommend cooking with peanut oil and to avoid canola or other oils with a low smoke point.
Measurement - To prevent overflow, put the bird in the fryer, filling the fryer with water, removing the bird and marking the level with a permanent marker. Then thoroughly dry the fryer and pour the oil to below that level.
Heat Properly - Heat the oil to between 325 and 375 degrees. Then lower the bird in and cook it for three to four minutes per pound. In other words, a 15-pound turkey will take 45 minutes to an hour. Use a remote thermometer to check the bird's temperature, which will reach 170 when it's properly done.
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Saturday, May 18 2013 7:29 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:29:38 GMT
A local patriotic organization has honored the Covington County men who were killed in action in the Vietnam War. In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society SocietyMore >>
In a ceremony Saturday, the Covington County Genealogical and Historical Society Society unveiled a monument on the grounds of the county courthouse.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 7:09 PM EDT2013-05-18 23:09:31 GMT
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon, Sr. was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. Friday evening around 5:30, Gordon and anotherMore >>
Officials with the Jackson County Sheriff's department say the body of Timothy Gordon was found just after 12 p.m. Saturday on the Escatawpa River. The man with Gordon at the time of the accident now faces drug charges. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:07 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:07:33 GMT
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown. If confirmed, Brown would become the state's first black female district judge. Carl Tobias, aMore >>
Observers are predicting a speedy confirmation to the federal bench for Jackson attorney Debra M. Brown.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 4:16 PM EDT2013-05-18 20:16:49 GMT
The North Lamar Water Association has issued a boil water notice for all of Bellewood Subdivision until further notice. It was issued just before 3 p.m. Saturday. Officials with the association sayMore >>
Officials with the association say a break in a main water line prompted the notice.More >>