Personal Injury Attorney in Shallotte NC: Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips

According to data compiled by the State Farm insurance agency, there are more cooking-related fires on Thanksgiving Day than on any other day of the year. When compared with any other day in November, the number of incidents on Thanksgiving is more than double!

Meanwhile, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that turkey deep fryers account for more than 1,000 home fires during the holiday and these fires produce more than $15 million in property damage in addition to the severe burns and injuries they can cause. In order to help your family enjoy a safe and injury-free holiday, Bain & Rodzik's personal injury attorney in Shallotte NC shares the following Thanksgiving cooking safety tips.

How to Safely Fry Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Safely frying a Thanksgiving turkey is a combination of knowing what to do and what not to do. In order to get the safest, and tastiest, results, follow these tips:

  • Place the fryer a safe distance from any structures, trees, or wooden structures such as a deck or patio (and never use a turkey fryer indoors)
  • Fill the fryer to the recommended level and then lower the thawed turkey into the cold oil to ensure that you have enough oil (or too much oil)
  • Keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times, even after the turkey is done cooking
  • Wear safety goggles and insulated oven mitts when touching the lid or pot handles
  • Turn off the fuel source before you lower the thawed turkey into the hot oil
  • Make sure the turkey is completely thawed before you lower it into the hot oil (The National Turkey Federation recommends refrigerator thawing and to allow approximately 24 hours for every five pounds of bird thawed)
  • Do not marinade the turkey prior to frying it
  • Once the turkey is frying, make sure it is never left unattended
  • Have a fire extinguisher (that's rated for grease fires) nearby when frying a turkey (never use water to extinguish a grease fire!)
  • Never add water or ice to the oil to try and cool it down once the turkey is done cooking
  • If a fire develops and it can't be controlled by the fire extinguisher, call 9-1-1 immediately

Additional Safety Tips for Thanksgiving Chefs

Not everybody fries a turkey on Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean they aren't also at risk of being subject to injuries during the holiday. All holiday chefs need to keep the following safety considerations in mind:

  • Do not wear loose clothing when cooking
  • Keep cooking surfaces clean and free from grease
  • Make the kitchen a kid-free zone while preparing and cooking food
  • Keep all flammable items, including oven mitts, kitchen towels, and pot holders away from the stove top
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen where it can be easily reached in an emergency
  • Make sure all of your home's smoke detectors have fresh batteries and are working properly
  • Make sure the burners and ovens are turned off before sitting down to dinner

Contact Our Personal Injury Attorney in Shallotte NC Today

If you or someone you love was burned or injured by a faulty turkey fryer or your injury was caused by another cook's negligence, contact Bain & Rodzik's personal injury attorney in Shallotte NC today at 910-762-1199 to schedule a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to certain damages. There is absolutely no obligation in calling us and you pay absolutely nothing unless we win your case.