16 November 2012

State Farm Warns about Thanksgiving Cooking Fires

by Aric Mitchell, Posted in News

State Farm Warns about Thanksgiving Cooking Fires

Frying up a turkey on Thanksgiving - is there any more delicious American tradition than that? For millions of U.S. citizens, the answer is no. But if you count yourself among that group, State Farm has a very important message for you. Be careful. Extremely careful.

The State Farm Insurance Company issued data this week (Nov. 13) on cooking fires across the country, and it appears that Thanksgiving is the most dangerous cooking day of the year. 

According to the company release, "U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved."

The release continued: "The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year and hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child."

Ranking the top 10 states for grease and cooking-related claims on Turkey Day, the company revealed that Texas is the No. 1 most reported with 19, while Illinois and New York are close behind at 18 each. Ohio and Florida are tied with 13, and California, Louisiana and Pennsylvania are locked at 12. 

Filling out the top 10 were Minnesota and South Carolina, each of which scored 11. 

Perhaps more alarming is the fact that these claims are "more than double" any other day in November. 

State Farm teamed up with actor William Shatner in 2011 to produce the docudrama "Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Tale" to raise awareness of the issue. This year, the company has unveiled "Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix" in the ongoing effort to keep this issue in the public eye, especially toward the holidays.

Some more Turkey Safety Tips from State Farm: 

  • More than one-third of fryers involving a fryer start in a garage or patio. 
  • "Priming" the pot with cold oil and then testing the turkey before determing how much oil to take out or add to, presents a safer alternative.
  • Shut off the fuel source when adding the turkey.
  • First thaw the turkey before placing into the pot.
  • Do NOT leave the turkey fryer unattended.
  • Keep an extinguisher nearby.
  • Do NOT use ice or water to extinguish oil fire.