AUSTIN (KXAN) - The Austin Fire Department and the H-E-B grocery store chain teamed up Monday to provide a safety reminder to accompany a Texas Thanksgiving tradition.
The tradition: Deep-frying a turkey.
The reminder: Done improperly, those birds will burn, and so will the hot oil.
One common mistake, a spokeswoman for the Fire Department said, is putting too much oil in the frying pot, which can send flammable oil spraying onto the fryer flame.
Another is dropping a frozen turkey into the oil, which can cause a turkey explosion.
"We're not discouraging frying turkeys," said fire fighter Holly Montgomery. "Fried turkey is good. We just want everybody to be careful while doing it, and remember these main steps, main points to prevent these fires."
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.