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Deep-Frying your Thanksgiving Turkey

November 16th, 2011 at 3:13 am

Posted: November 16, 2011

Deep-frying turkey on Thanksgiving Day has become increasingly popular in many households. Unfortunately, more grease fires occur on this holiday, than on any other day of the year.

According to State Farm Insurance, Texas ranked #1 for having the most cooking related fire accidents on Thanksgiving Day, from 2005-2009. Since turkey frying has become a delicious alternative to traditional baked turkey on Thanksgiving, U.S. fire departments across the nation, are putting out an average of more than 1,000 fires each year, involving deep fryers.

There are ways, however, to prevent grease fires and possible burn injuries, if you do decide to deep-fry your turkey this holiday season. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:

Be Careful Not to Use Too Much Oil in the Fryer Pot—being splattered with hot oil is considerably one of the worst types of burn injuries that can occur, since frying oil has a tendency to stick to the skin. If you don’t measure the correct amount of oil to use, it could overflow, hit the burner, and cause a fire. Be sure to follow the owner’s manual.

Be Sure Your Turkey is Completely Thawed and Dry—partially frozen or wet turkey that is dipped into temperatures of 350 degrees or more, can cause an instant grease fire. Make sure your turkey is dry, inside and out, before lowering it into the deep fryer.

Don’t Deep-Fry Turkey on Wood—if you’re going to deep-fry your turkey this year, make sure you cook it outside, away from the house, and NOT on wooden surfaces.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby—you never know when a grease fire will erupt, so it’s best to have a fire extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fire close by, and call 911 for help immediately.

Never Leave the Fryer Unattended—deep fryers don’t have thermostat controls, which means the oil will continue to heat up to the point of combustion.

If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury  contact the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Discipio Law for a free consultation

 

Written by Staff Writer

November 16th, 2011 at 3:13 am

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