It’s even happened to William Shatner. Before you decide to fry your turkey for Thanksgiving this year, there are a few things of which that as your trusted Texas insurance agency we must make sure you are aware.
On Thanksgiving Day there are more cooking fires that occur than on any other day of the year and in fact, our beloved Texas led the charge in 2011.
Why so many incidents? Deep fryers have a lot to do with the Thanksgiving trend. According to the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments respond to more than 1000 deep fryer fires each year, which cause approximately $15 million in property damage. Because of this, the NFPA actually discourage the use of outdoor oil immersion turkey fryers.
We can’t tell you what to do with your bird on Thanksgiving Day. However, if you’re planning on using a deep fryer on Turkey Day, here area few things to keep in mind:
- Only use these deep fryers outdoors, on even-level surfaces and away from any structures. This includes away from overhead coverings or eaves such as on a patio.
- Do not overfill the fryer. The turkey may take up more volume than expected, causing oil to overflow and spill onto an open flame.
- Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before placing in the deep fryer. If not thawed completely the turkey can cause steam or emit oil splatters.
- Wear long sleeves, protective gloves or mitt, and goggles to prevent burns from oil splatter.
- Never leave the fryer unattended. You may be multitasking in the kitchen, entertaining guests and watching the game, but break this rule and it could result in not only damage to your home and property, but also your family’s well-being.
- Keep children and pets away from the deep fryer at all times. Remember, the oil stays hot for hours.
- Have a fire extinguisher close by.
As your Texas insurance agency, we want to make sure that your family and property are safe over the holidays. We also want you to enjoy your time together. If you’re planning on using your deep fryer on Turkey Day, please keep the tips above in mind.