Home cooking fires are more common during Thanksgiving than any other time of year. The leading cause of these fires is unattended cooking. Cooking oil quickly ignites, so it’s important to always stay alert while food is cooking on the stovetop, oven or outdoor grills. Deep frying turkeys is particularly hazardous because they can easily tip over, spilling hot oil and causing a fire. They can also overheat, causing the oil to ignite.
In fact, the popular but dangerous fad of deep frying turkeys has led to numerous serious injuries and property damage. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers. In this video, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) demonstrate the risk of using turkey fryers to cook a turkey. Almost instantly, flames burst from a turkey fryer and cause the deck and roof of the structure to catch fire.
Here are some of the dangers of using turkey fryers:
If you must use a turkey fryer, please follow these safety tips:
According to the NFPA, cooking caused an average of 158,400 reported home structure fires per year (44 percent of all reported home fires in the US). These fires resulted in an average of 470 civilian deaths (18 percent of all home fire deaths) and 4,150 civilian injuries (42 percent of all reported home fire injuries) annually.
Holiday time can be an especially dangerous time as we may be less attentive while cooking as we chat with family and friends.
By following these safety tips, you can help to prevent a home cooking fire and enjoy a safe and delicious Thanksgiving meal.
Additional safety tips:
However, if if someone else’s carelessness or negligence caused your burn injury due to a home fire, then you may be entitled to compensation that can help cover the costs associated with the physical and emotional trauma. A Washington, DC burn injury lawyer from our firm can help determine if you have legal options to recover compensation.