Texas is #1 in Fried Turkey Fires

According to data from State Farm insurance, the top 10 states for fryer-related claims on Thanksgiving Day are:

  1. Texas
  2. Illinois
  3. Ohio
  4. New York
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Michigan
  7. Florida
  8. Minnesota
  9. Indiana
  10. Louisiana

State Farm offers these tips for preventing turkey fryer fires:

  • More than one-third of fires involving a fryer start in a garage or patio. Cook outdoors at a safe distance from any buildings or trees, and keep the fryer off any wooden structures, such as a deck or patio.
  • Avoid a hot oil spillover by first filling the pot with cold oil and then lowering the thawed turkey into the pot to determine how much oil should be added or removed.
  • Shut off the fuel source or flame when adding the turkey to the hot oil to prevent a dangerous flare-up if oil does spill over the rim.
  • Make sure your turkey is properly thawed before lowering it slowly into the pot.
  • Never leave a hot turkey fryer unattended.
  • Do not use ice or water to cool down oil or extinguish an oil fire.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.

Texans love us some deep-fried turkey. It stands to reason that if Texas leads in Deep Fried Turkey Fires then we also lead in injuries from those fires. So, follow the advice you see here and…

Don't Make Us Come Get YouHere’s a cool safety video by State Farm Insurance featuring William Shatner. He has a personal reason for making this video. Yep, Captain Kirk once burned himself making deep fried turkey and nearly burned his house down. There are actually two Shatner videos on the subject in one. Watch all the way to the end.

Here’s a story on the same topic from the Houston Chronicle. Read Story.

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