Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
In 2015, fire departments responded to 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day.
- Within seconds of the half-frozen turkey being lowered into oil heated to 350 degrees, it often begins to bubble over. A fire can ignite when the hot oil splashes on the flame below and change the scene from harmless to dangerous.
- The only way for everyone to be safe is to wear proper protective gear – like firefighters’ turnout gear.
- Splashing oil can lead to severe burns or even cause a structure fire.
- Turkey fryers that use cooking oil are not safe to use by even the most experienced cooking consumer.
- Consider using an oil-less, infrared fryer or more traditional methods such as roasting your turkey in the oven.
- Another option is to purchase a fried turkey from your local supermarket or favorite restaurant.