Wishing you a SAFE Turkey Day! No Fires, please!



MORE Cooking FIRES occur on THANKSGIVING DAY than any other day of the year?!?

Grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November. Not to mention, Turkey frying is increasing in popularity! Have you tried fried turkey? If so, you’ll know why!

Today, U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year involving a deep fryer!

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that every year, deep fryer fires cause an average of:  5 deaths, 60 injuries and more than $15 million in property damage.


“One of the worst things that can happen with turkey frying is getting splattered with hot oil,” says Eddie Bain, Investigation and Prevention Program Director at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI). “It will cause burns that are worse than fire because frying oil sticks to you.


  • Don’t place too much oil in the fryer pot– Be sure to follow your owner’s manual in order to use the proper amount of oil. If the cooking pot is overfilled, you are more likely to spill oil outside of the fryer. This oil can hit the burner and cause a fire.
  • Do not drop a frozen or partially thawed turkey into oil – To better safeguard your cooking pot from overflowing, make sure your turkey is thawed and be sure to slowly lower it into the cooking dish. Oil spillover or splashing can evolve into a fire.
  • Make sure your Fryer is not too close to other structures– Over 33% of fires involving a fryer occur in a garage or on a patio. Make sure you’re far away from flammable and maintain a safe distance from buildings. Also, make sure you’re not frying on top of a wooden structure, such as a back deck or wooden porch.
  • Remember that Oil and water dont mix– Do NOT use ice or water to cool down or extinguish an oil fire. Keep an extinguisher (approved for cooking/grease fires) nearby and be sure to call 911 immediately for help.
  • Avoid Unattended cooking – Frying involves cooking with a combustible medium, otherwise known as your cooking oil or grease. Many frying units fail to have temperature controls and therefore, if you leave them unattended, the oil will continue to heat until the point of combustion.
January 2nd, 2017 by Georgia Non-Profit Insurance