More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Fried turkey is delicious. It tastes even better when you avoid burning your house down with it.
For each year from 2017 to 2019, an estimated average of 2,300 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day. These fires caused an estimated annual average of 5 deaths, 25 injuries and $26 million in property loss.
“While deep frying a turkey may add irresistible flavor and juiciness to your Thanksgiving meal, there is also a potential for fire and serious injury,“ said Chicago Fire Commissioner Annette Nance-Holt.
The Chicago Fire Department held their annual safety demonstration on the potential fire hazard of turkey fryers. The team showed what not to do on Thanksgiving day: a frozen turkey was dropped into a deep fryer overflowing with burning oil.
Here are 5 tips you should always follow:
- Thaw turkey before putting it into the fryer
- Use a turkey fryer outdoors, a safe distance from buildings
- Never use a turkey fryer in a garage or on a wooden deck
- Make sure the fryer is on a flat surface to avoid spilling hot oil
- Never leave the fryer unattended