- Brine your turkey
- If roasting in an oven, use a roasting pan
- If frying, don't be a moron
Invest in some safe equipment, despite the allure of that $60 kit stacked to the rafters at your local store. That kit is $60 for a reason—it's designed cheaply so it can ship cheaply and sell (reasonably) cheaply. Your life isn't cheap. See where you have to screw on the legs? As Adam Savage would say, "There's your problem!" Imagine a partially-stripped screw being included in the kit and it doesn't take a genius to think about four gallons of 200+ degree peanut oil potentially throwing your holiday into the crapper.
The legend that is Alton Brown has assembled a set of directions to make the turkey-frying process safer (it's in PDF format so you'll need Acrobat Reader to view it). Read it, learn it, know it, and then read it again.
Okay, enough with the culinary preaching. Just remember that all it takes is a little preparation to have this: