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Fry the Turkey, Not the House!

While fried turkey has become popular over the past few years as an alternative to the traditional baked version at Thanksgiving, the danger of frying at home may outweigh the delight. Each year, deep fryer fires cause an average of three times the damage of other forms of cooking, including five deaths, 60 injuries, and more than $15 million in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). And every year, there are more homes burned and people harmed when large, wet birds meet a fryer full of hot oil.

In fact, the process has proven so dangerous, experts at NFPA and Underwriters Laboratories (UL) recommend that you “just say no” to home turkey fryers. Consider this:

Many fryers are prone to easy tipping, spilling hot oil on surrounding property—and people        

Fryers are often overfilled with oil and when a turkey is added, the oil spills, hitting burners or flames and potentially setting fire to the entire unit, decking and other nearby property

If no thermostat is on the unit, oil may overheat and combust into flames

Lid and handles on pots can become extremely hot, creating severe burn risk even when handled with otherwise heat-resistant utensils or gloves

If you do decide to fry a turkey, UL suggests the following precautions:

Always use the fryer outdoors, at a safe distance from buildings or other flammable property

Never use a fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck

Be sure the fryer is on a flat surface to minimize tipping

Never leave the fryer unattended, especially if there is no thermostat

Keep children and pets away from the fryer. Remember that even after use, oil can stay dangerously hot for hours

Never overfill your pot with oil

Wear well-insulated oven mitts and safety goggles

Be certain turkey is completely thawed and patted dry. Mixing hot oil and water can be explosive

Always keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher at hand. Water will not extinguish an oil fire — in fact, it will increase the danger of explosion and injury

We at R Hobbs Insurance Agency wish you and your family a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Please contact us at (847) 680-0888 or if you have any questions or if you'd like additional information.

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Article Source: Kemper Preferred
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