Turkey-frying or Terrifying?
So, Cousin Ron is frying a turkey this year. What should normally be a tasty spin on your traditional way of cooking a turkey can also turn into a blazing disaster!
There are several videos like this. Visit YouTube, and search “how not to fry a turkey“. Evidence of how easily turkey-frying can go wrong, and how quickly these fires can escalate abounds.
With the popularity of turkey frying sweeping the nation, people are putting themselves at risk for fryer related fires and injuries. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) discourages the use of turkey fryers and says deep fryer fires result in more than 15 million dollars in property damage each year. In addition, hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child. If you still want to deep fry your bird, at least read and follow the NFPA’s turkey-frying safety tips. You want people blown away by your turkey … not the impending doom of a giant fireball.
Deep frying a turkey is not the only cooking hazard we should beware of this holiday season. A recent statistic from the NFPA:
Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home fires involving cooking equipment.
With the coming and going of loved ones, the kitchen is a very active hotspot and can pose plenty of fire and safety hazards. We should always practice safety in the kitchen but even more so during the holiday season. Check out the Thanksgiving Safety tips or visit www.nfpa.org for a full list of safety tip sheets.