PA – As Thanksgiving is
just days away, Pennsylvanians across the commonwealth are dusting off their
turkey fryers and preparing to deep fry a home-cooked meal. While a tasty
alternative to the traditional oven-roasting method, turkey fryers potentially
pose significant risks to personal safety and property.
The U.S. Fire
Administration reports that nearly 2,400 house fires occur nationwide on
Thanksgiving, causing numerous fatalities, injuries, and $19 million in
property loss. Many of these home fires are due to deep-frying accidents.
“Cooking is the
number one cause of house fires, and more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than
any other day of the year,” said acting State Fire Commissioner Bruce
Trego. “Pennsylvania is routinely among the states with the highest
number of turkey fryer incidents.”
Here are some
tips to keep you, your guests and your property safe:
- Read the turkey fryer owner’s manual
thoroughly for proper set-up and safety tips.
- Make sure the turkey is completely
thawed before frying (hot oil and ice/water do not mix).
- Use the correct amount of oil.
Overfilled fryers increase the likelihood of oil spilling out of the pot and
hitting the burner causing flames to engulf the entire unit.
- Never leave the fryer unattended.
Many fryer’s lack thermostats to prevent overheating.
- Keep children and pets away from the
- Use proper hand protection. Lids and
handles of the cooking pot get dangerously hot, posing severe burn hazards.
- Have an all-purpose fire
extinguisher nearby. Never use water to extinguish an oil fire.
- Do not deep fry your turkey inside
your garage, on your porch or deck, or inside your home.
- Use your fryer outside, away from
trees, walls, fences and other structures.
insurance policies will cover items such as the structure of your home, your
personal belongings and liability protection for injury to your guests, but it
is best to do what you can to avoid these types of insurance claims in the
first place. However, it’s important to note that if you rent, your belongings
will not be covered unless you have a renters insurance policy. Your landlord’s
insurance will likely cover the building, but not the contents you own, so if
you rent, make sure you have renters insurance.
these tips will help your family prevent a costly and potentially dangerous
situation,” Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman said.
Visit BeFireSafePA.com for additional fire safety
tips, and the turkey fryer factsheet. For additional resources regarding
homeowners or renters insurance, visit www.insurance.pa.gov.,
or call the Insurance Department’s Consumer Services Bureau at
contacts: L. Paul Vezzetti, 717-651-2169
Ron Ruman, Insurance, 717-787-3289