Frying turkeys did not seem to be a thing until a few decades ago, but it is now very popular. Indeed, it can also be very risky.
Thanksgiving, according to the National Fire Protection Agency, is a peak day for house fires in general, due to all the home cooking.
For your safety on Thanksgiving, consider the following advice:
- When cooking, remain in the kitchen. It will allow you to monitor the situation should things go awry.
- Simply stay at home while you are preparing the turkey, and be sure to keep any eye on it as cooking time progresses. Do not be tempted to sneak away to the neighbor’s house for a 2-hour glass of wine, or get wrapped up in a 3-hour phone call with your Aunt Linda in Chicago.
- When hot foods and liquids are being prepared on Thanksgiving, make sure children are kept away from splash/splatter zones. Hot steam and scorching surfaces have the potential to cause severe burn injuries.
- Do you have functional smoke alarms? Verify that they are by checking them – everything should be working if you hear an ear-piercing shriek from them.
- Turkey fryers require a lot of oil and very high cooking temperatures. This may result in severe burns. In case you were unaware, fryers that do not require oil so exist.
Try to keep the PASS method (pull, aim, squeeze, sweep) in mind when using a fire extinguisher.
- Take the pin out. The seal will be broken as a result.
- Aim low, at the fire’s base.
- Apply pressure on the handle.
- As you spray, move your hand side to side at the fire’s base.
Throughout the holidays, there is a lot going on at the house, so always remember safety. Our Florida Personal Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton will be here to help you with any cooking-related injuries that may arise during the holidays. You can call us anytime at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation to find out more about how we may be able to help you.