Deep-frying has become an increasingly popular method for Thanksgiving turkey -- and why shouldn't it be? No basting, no stuffing, and hey-- everything tastes better deep-fried, right? Unfortunately, though, this endeavor can often ignite a family's holiday, and not in a good way. Firefighters are routinely called to homes on Thanksgiving day when over-ambitious chefs cause small brush fires or balls of flames threatening the neighbor's Maple tree.

 

Before you consider swapping out your oven for the fryer, check out these five deep-frying disasters. Then take a look at how it supposed to be done. Good luck!

 



Perhaps the fact that the fryer already looked like a boiling cauldron of flames should have tipped theses guys off to the fact that it wasn't quite turkey-ready?

 

If you can't use water to put out an oil fire, and you can't use a fire extinguisher, what can you use?!

 



This luau-inspired Thanksgiving had much more than just tiki torches!

 

Mom is ready with the fire extinguisher, but this guy's going for it!

And this is what could happen to you if your turkey hasn't fully thawed before you drop it in the oil.

Finally, the proper way to deep-fry your turkey. Please watch this -- your family, pets, plants and neighbors will thank you.