In 2015, there were an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, according to the NFPA. The fire protection association discourages the use of turkey fryers all together because they can lead to serious burns and the destruction of property.
Holiday house fires can be prevented.
Both the Red Cross and Rockfod Fire Department say if you do encounter a fire in your home this holiday season-get out and stay out!
"First, you want to make sure you have the turkey fryer, the pot you're doing it in on a stable surface. What happens when you see the flour is that it not only doesn't put out the fire, but it spreads the fire around a little bit". Always remain in the home while food is cooking, and set a timer to remind yourself to check-on the items cooking.
Use caution with turkey fryers. Don't exceed the recommended oil level and only use the device outdoors! "So many people think that if something does ignite, typically grease because it reaches its flash point, they want to throw water on it and that's the biggest no-no to do".
Leave turkey fryers to the professionals.
Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids.
Never leave something you're cooking unattended. Let cooks, cook have other family members take care of children and pets. Also be sure to make sure the pot is not overfilled with oil. If possible, wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
The main cause? People trying to deep-fry a turkey that isn't completely thawed out.
For every four to five pounds your bird weighs, it needs twenty-four hours to thaw.
Even a small amount of cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire. Have a properly functioning fire extinguisher and know how to use it.
If there is an accident, make sure you dial 911 immediately.
Thanksgiving is nearly here, so let's make it as safe as possible by following these safety tips from the United States Fire Administration.