When we think of Holiday dangerous we generally think of driving , right? Well although those numbers are significant the danger does not end when you enter Grandma's kitchen according to the National Fire Safety Association.


The NFPA says that nearly four times as many home cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving day.  Now throw in those cooks who want to deep fry their bird and you really have a recipe for disaster.  Don't believe us just watch the video.

But if you must try the deep fry they do have some safety tips:

  • Choose a safe space.  Set up a safe area at least ten feet away from your home. Keep the fryer out of garages, decks, fences, as well as a safe distance away from trees.
  • Hot oil really hurts. Smart cooks wear safety glasses and oven mitts and an apron once the oil gets hot. Do this well before the oil starts to bubble.
  • Watch your temperature carefully.  When cooking turkey parts, the oil temperature should be at 325 degrees F.  It may take 4 to 5 minutes per pound to reach the recommended temperatures.
  • Monitor the turkey.  Using temperature controls to monitor the blaze is must.  Slowly raise and lower the turkey into the fryer to minimize spills, and give your full attention to the process.

Not ready to bolster up you cooking practices yet?

Thanksgiving by the numbers
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day, Christmas Eve, and the day before Thanksgiving.
  • In 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,570 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, the peak day for such fires.
  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.
  • Cooking equipment was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

Source: NFPA's Fire Analysis & Research Division

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