Did you know? Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
Thanksgiving is almost upon us. While deep-fried turkey is delicious (I’ve had it, but didn’t make it myself), please be aware of the risks. Deep-frying a turkey can be very dangerous as they have a high risk of tipping over, overheating, or spilling hot oil. That could lead to fires, burns, or other injuries.
According to the National Fire Protection Association, every year deep-fryer fires are responsible for five deaths, 60 injuries, the destruction of 900 homes, and more than $15-million in property damage.
For the last seven years, Texas has led the country in most grease- and cooking-related insurance claims on Thanksgiving Day, with 38 according to insurance company State Farm. Illinois follows, with 27 reports and Pennsylvania and Ohio are tied for third with 23. New York ranked fourth, with 22 claims and South Carolina and Georgia claimed fifth with 16 claims each.
Here are just a few safety tips to keep in mind when deep frying a turkey:
- Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
- Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
- Do not overfill the fryer.
- Never leave the fryer unattended. Without thermostat controls the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
- Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
- Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect yourself from splatter.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
- Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby
aeSolutions wishes you a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
Images Used: Firefighters with Turkey: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marissa Tucker | Turkey in fryer: cropped image from flicker user – flickr.com/photos/18474854@N00/