Thanksgiving is almost upon us and as the days leading up to the big event fill with things that need to be done a recent trend indicates that safety should be high on our to do lists.
Thanksgiving Day has become one of the busiest days of the year for fire departments across the country thanks to the emergence of deep-fried turkey as a go-to option for Thanksgiving tables. Grease fires from turkey pots have led to a huge spike in home fires and injuries. More property damage and lives are lost in residential structure fires on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. An estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings are reported to U.S. fire department each year and cause an estimated average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries, and $121 million in property loss.
The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns and injuries as well as destruction of property. The following safe cooking tips can help to make your holiday safer:
- Always use cooking equipment tested and approved by a recognized testing facility.
- Stay in the kitchen when you are frying or grilling food. If you leave the kitchen, turn off the stove.
- Keep anything that can catch fire–potholders, towels, or curtains away from the stove top.
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove.
- Wear short, close fitting or tightly rolled sleeves when cooking.
- Always keep an oven mitt and lid nearby when cooking.
- When placing the turkey into the oven or turkey fryer, be extremely careful.
If having a fried turkey is a must for Thanksgiving, consider purchasing a fried, cooked turkey from a commercial source. Supermarkets and restaurants accept orders for fried turkeys during the holiday season.
So don’t take safety lightly when cooking your bird in a pot of boiling oil. Even William Shatner (aka Captain Kirk) had a run in with a deep fried turkey. He turned his mishap into a Public Service Announcement to help curb the number of incidents and keep people safe on Thanksgiving.
Enjoy the PSA video below and have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.