Thanksgiving warning: Be careful with turkey fryers

The Prince William County Department of Fire and Rescue is warning residents about the dangers of turkey fryers.

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are about 2,000 home fires nationwide on Thanksgiving resulting in deaths, injuries and property loss.

Officials warn:

→Hot oil can spill or splash and start a fire.

→Fryers designed for outdoor use are prone to collapsing.

→Cooking oil is combustible, and its vapors can ignite.

→Frozen or partially frozen turkeys will cause hot oil to splatter or produce hot steam, leading to burns.

→Hot cooking oil exposed to snow or rain can splatter, leading to burns.

→Oil inside a pot can stay dangerously hot for hours after use.

→Do not use fryers in, on or under a garage, deck, breezeway, porch, barn or any structure that can catch fire.

→Never use water to extinguish a grease fire.

Six NVCC campus libraries receive book donation

Marion Lobstein, a former biology professor at Northern Virginia Community College’s Manassas campus, recently donated copies of “Flora of Virginia,” a guide identifying and detailing more than 3,200 native plant species, to each of the six campus libraries.

The donation was made in honor of her colleague Nicky Staunton.

“Nicky and I are founding members of the Virginia Native Plant Society,” Lobstein said. “In 2011, the plant society’s chapters pledged to honor Nicky’s service by donating copies of the flora to colleges and universities.”

— Compiled by Sarah Lane