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First Responders honored fallen Richardson Police Officer David Sherrard on U.S. 75 in Richardson on the Central Expressway route between the funeral service in Dallas at the Watermark Church and the graveside in Rowlett, Texas, on Tuesday night. Photo by Brian Bearden
… Along the President George Bush Turnpike going into Rowlett, Texas, northeast of Dallas …
Remember David Sherrard of the Richardson Police Department
Our local State Farm dude sent us these handy tips for frying a turkey: It’s hard to beat the speed of deep-frying a turkey-or the irresistible flavor and juiciness that result.
State Farm reports that turkey fryers have the potential to cause fire and serious injury, which is why organizations like Underwriters Laboratories and the National Fire Protection Association advise against using them.
If you plan to deep-fry your holiday bird, be sure you know how to safely use the fryer, and take these precautions compiled by State Farm to protect yourself, your guests and your home:
- Keep outdoor fryers off decks, out of garages and a safe distance away from trees and other structures.
- Make sure the turkey is thawed and dry before cooking. Ice or water that mixes into the hot oil can cause flare-ups.
- Watch the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or snow.
- Place the fryer on a level surface, and avoid moving it once it’s in use.
- Leave 2 feet between the tank and the burner when using a propane-powered fryer.
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to avoid overfilling. Oil can ignite when it makes contact with the burner.
- Choose a smaller turkey for frying. A bird that’s 8 to 10 pounds is best; pass on turkeys over 12 pounds.
- Never leave fryers unattended.
- Purchase a fryer with temperature controls, and watch the oil temperature carefully. Cooking oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire. If you notice the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off.
- Turn off the burner before lowering the turkey into the oil. Once the turkey is submerged, turn the burner on.
- Wear goggles to shield your eyes, use oven mitts to protect your hands and arms and keep a grease-rated fire extinguisher close by.
- Skip the stuffing when frying turkey, and avoid water-based marinades.
- Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times.
- Once finished, carefully remove the pot from the burner, place it on a level surface and cover to let the oil cool overnight before disposing.
- Opt for an oil-less fryer. This uses infrared heat, rather than oil, to cook the turkey.
State Farm® and actor William Shatner want you to be safe when using turkey fryers this Thanksgiving. Watch our cautionary tale, ‘Eat, Fry, Love’, before you begin.
Frisco Police Chief John Bruce will be the guest speaker at the Frisco Rotary at noon on Thursday, Sept. 14 for a discussion on sanctuary cities and the impact on Frisco, Texas.
Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland responds to the Rotary’s call on Oct. 5 for a talk on the Frisco Department.
The Rotary meets in the Winner’s Club at Toyota Stadium at 9200 World Cup Way in Frisco TX 75034.
Check out what the Frisco Rotary does, see the schedule and visit a meeting. Can’t go Thursday’s at lunch, stop by the Saturday morning Frisco Rotary Farmers Market nearby on 4th Street. The farmers market runs until 1 p.m. Learn more at FRISCO ROTARY.
First Response Photography has posted images of the fire in Lucas, Texas.