AUSTIN (KXAN) — Do as I say, not as I do.

The Austin Fire Department conducted a demonstration Tuesday alongside H-E-B to show Thanksgiving cooks how NOT to fry a turkey.

Firefighters went to their training tower on South Pleasant Valley Road to provide safety tips you can use this Thursday.

Lt. Angela Martin with the Austin Fire Department said Texas ranks nationally as having the most cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day. She shared the following five things for people not to do so that they safe while preparing their Thanksgiving meal:

  1. Do not put too much oil in the fryer. Make sure it’s enough to cover the turkey and not spill over the top of the pot.
  2. Do not place a frozen turkey into the fryer because the water inside the bird will react explosively with the hot oil.
  3. Do not place a fryer too close to a structure when cooking outdoors because of the risk of fire spreading.
  4. Do not allow oil and water to ever mix.
  5. Do not leave cooking unattended.

Whether you’re frying or roasting a turkey on Thanksgiving, you need to be thinking about thawing your frozen bird.

The United States Department of Agriculture recommends allowing about 24 hours of thawing for every four to five pounds of turkey. So for example, a 16-pounder would need four days in the fridge.

When completely thawed, the turkey will need to be cooked within two days.

If it’s already too late to thaw your turkey in the fridge, you can still thaw it safely in cold water or in the microwave. Both methods require cooking the bird immediately after thawing.

You can read more turkey thawing tips here.