If the National Fire Protection Association were writing this story, it’d probably go like this: Don’t fry a whole turkey on Thursday if you don’t know what you’re doing. The end.
Thanksgiving is the No. 1 day of the year for cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, the association says. More than three times the average number of cooking infernos happen when Thanksgiving goes up in flames. The frying game is particularly fraught: deep fryer fires cause an average of five deaths and 60 injuries a year and do more than $15 million in property damage, according to the NFPA.
“No matter how many years you’ve been cooking, or how many Thanksgiving feasts you’ve served, you still need to make safety your main ingredient,” said Henry County Fire Marshall Michael Black.
Putting a partially frozen turkey into a hot fryer is a particularly bad idea, as that can cause oil to splatter. Come Thursday, should you decide you’ll fry if you want to, experts advise these safety tips.
source: Chicago Tribune