brier November 18, 2013 No Comments

The holidays are here which means food, family, friends and fun!  Especially the food right! If you plan to deep fry a bird this year, make sure your homeowner’s insurance is current because the amount of fires caused from deep frying turkeys is astronomical.

Allstate Insurance says claims jump up by 15% during the holiday season because of accidents associated with Thanksgiving.  Fires caused by deep frying turkeys jumps up 300% this time of year, with the average insurance claim right around $29,000.

If you plan to deep fry a turkey follow these instructions to help keep yourself, your loved ones and home safe!

  • Fryers should always be used outdoors, on a solid level surface a safe distance from buildings and flammable materials.
  • Never use a fryer on a wooden deck, under a patio cover, in a garage or enclosed space.
  • Do not overfill the fryer.
  • Never leave the fryer unattended because, without thermostat controls, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
  • Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use or after use as the oil can remain hot for hours.
  • Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts and wear long sleeves and safety goggles to protect from splatter.
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before it is placed in a fryer.
  • Keep all-purpose fire extinguishers nearby.
  • If a turkey fryer fire occurs, call 911 immediately.

Check out this video from Allstate Insurance featuring William Shatner.  It is a light-hearted (and comical) way to show you the dangers and why you need to use extreme caution when deep frying a turkey.