Help Prevent a Turkey Fryer Fire!

— Written By Morgan McKnight

DID YOU KNOW? Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires?

Two thirds of home cooking fires start when food or cooking materials catch on fire. More than half of home cooking fire injuries happen when people try to fight the fire themselves. For each year between 2009 and 2011, an estimated 1,900 residential building fires were reported to five departments in the US on Thanksgiving Day and caused an estimated five deaths, 25 injuries and $28 million in property loss.

The U.S. Fire Administration lists the five dangers of deep frying a turkey as follows:

1. Turkey fryers can easily tip over, spilling hot cooking oil over a large area.

2. An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is put in, and a partially frozen turkey will cause cooking oil to splatter when put in the pot.

3. Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire.

4. Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire.

5. The sides of the cooking pot, lid and pot handles can get dangerously hot.

This Thanksgiving, consider roasting your turkey instead of frying – not only will it be the healthier option, it will also be the safer option! If you do fry the turkey, be careful about these dangers listed to help prevent a turkey fryer fire!

Reference: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html