Some 46 million turkeys will be eaten Thursday as our nation celebrates Thanksgiving. For reasons that elude some of us, even as others smack their lips in anticipation, a growing number of Americans will eschew oven and grill, and drop their bird into a deep fryer filled with five or so gallons of smokin' hot oil.

We won't pass judgment on culinary preferences -- except to note the proselytizing passion of deep-fry proponents -- but we will ask everyone to be safe. New York, as it turns out, ranks third among states in fires and injuries from turkey fryers. And Thanksgiving is the worst day of the year for home-cooking fires.

So make sure the fryer is stable, don't put it on the deck or in the garage, and thaw the turkey before the plunge. That's a culinary feat we can all enjoy.

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