Thanksgiving Day keeps firefighters busy as a deep-fried turkey is one of the leading causes of fire-related accidents during the holiday season. Video released by the National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) shows just how quickly a turkey fire can ignite.

Fire experts say that turkey fires cause hundreds of deaths a year and that they are four times more likely to occur on Thanksgiving, Fox-affiliate WCCU reported Wednesday. In 2015, there were an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, according to the NFPA.

"There's about five people that die a year as a result of turkey fires," Champaign Fire Chief Gary Ludwig told WCCU. "I believe there's about 600 injuries a year and there's over 900 home fires a year as a result of turkey fryer fires."

Turkey fires can be difficult to extinguish, Ludwig said. Deep-fryers should never be used on a wood deck or in a garage where fires can spread faster. A frozen turkey should be completely thawed as ice can cause oil to boil at an exacerbated rate.

"The one that really comes to mind is one where they had a turkey fryer on their wood deck behind the house,” Ludwig added. "And as soon as they dropped the turkey into the heated oil it splashed everywhere, the deck caught fire."

Turkey fire Once a turkey catches on fire, it can be hard to extinguish Photo: Screen shot