Why Fried Turkeys Go Up in Flames

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has embraced another holiday as a teachable moment.

On Thanksgiving, there are three times more cooking fires than on any other day of the year, and the thousands of "turkey-fryer explosion" videos on YouTube are a testament to why frozen turkeys and hot oil are an especially dangerous mix.

With the holiday coming up, the ACS video series Reactions teamed up with the District of Columbia Fire Department to explain the chemistry behind grease fires; how they happen; and how to avoid them this Thanksgiving.