Turkey time! Thanksgiving is the beginning of the holiday season. A time when families come together to to give thanks and celebrate with a delicious dinner. Not to mention all of the football!
With so much going on it is easy to forget safety during the Thanksgiving holiday, though it is the leading day for home cooking fires. Neglected cooking is the number one cause of home fires on Thanksgiving. With hosts being pulled in many different ways, it is understandable how cooking may get left unattended. Turkey fryer fires come closely behind unattended cooking fires. Always make sure a kitchen is attended when anything is cooking and follow the directions on your turkey-fryer. Here are some other simple safety tips that can be applied to your Thanksgiving holiday.
- Don’t leave food cooking and unattended.
- Check on your turkey frequently.
- Remove any items on the floor in your work space – you don’t want to trip and dump gravy everywhere.
- If possible, keep kids out the kitchen. I have kids so I know this is easier said than done. At the very least, keep them away from the stove and counters where cooling food or knives may be resting.
- Check the functionality of all smoke alarms. Replace batteries or units if necessary.
- Never overfill a turkey fryer. Always fill to the recommendations of the manufacturer.
- Hot oil can splash easily causing serious burns. Always use caution when dropping your turkey into the fryer.
- Keep in mind that cooking oil is extremely flammable. Turkey-fryers should always be supervised in case of oil vapors igniting.
- Always completely thaw your turkey before placing in a fryer. Unthawed or partially-thawed turkeys oil to splatter.
- Use caution when placing a turkey in a fryer. Place it in gently to avoid spatter or tipping the fryer over. Make sure that when removing your turkey, you have a good grasp to avoid dropping the turkey back into the fryer.
- Always fryer outside. Not in your home. Not in your garage. Outside, on a flat and level surface. The surface should also be nonflammable like a patio or driveway. Never use a turkey fryer on a wooden deck.
- Fryers can easily be tipped over. Be aware of where you place your fryer; keep kids and pets away from the fryer.
Take it from William Shatner, who did actually have a turkey-fryer incident, being cautious can save you some pain. Check out the cautionary tale video he and State Farm Insurance came up with: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYkRF_FmD40
Also, see just how damaging a real turkey-fryer fire can be (also via State Farm): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETBD0EqQGoU
Keep these Thanksgiving safety tips in mind this holiday, it will protect your home and your loved ones. While these tips can and should be applied to other holiday celebrations, they are extremely important to observe at Thanksgiving. I hope you have a great Turkey Day and have lots to be grateful for.
Erin Miller is a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson with HUNT Real Estate ERA in Saratoga Springs, NY. In the past Erin has worked in the field of marketing, focusing in social media and internet marketing. She also holds excellent customer service skills and enjoys working in the community. Erin is looking forward to blending real estate and her other skills to provide a great experience for future clients. Visit her website http://www.homeswitherinmiller.com