The Thanksgiving holiday often means spending family time together cooking and enjoying those traditional meals.  This Thanksgiving, be prepared to avoid some of the most common safety risks that can cause injury to a person or property, and ruin your holiday plans.

For example, every year, deep-fryer fires are responsible for serious injuries and even death, along with millions in property damage.  Deep frying can be done safely and end up with a delicious result.  According to a 2016 study by The National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving was the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve.  The following tips are recommended to avoid a costly fire when using a deep fryer:

  1. Never cook inside or next to the home. Set up the turkey fryer more than 10 feet away from your home.
  2. Never leave the fryer unattended and keep children and pets away.   The oil can ignite causing sparks and flames to fall onto surrounding surfaces.  
  3. Make sure the fryer is on even ground so that the oil is steady at all times to avoid a spillover. 
  4. Use caution when touching the turkey fryer as the lid and handle could cause burn injuries.  
  5. Always have a fire extinguisher on hand nearby in the event that the oil ignites.   

For more fire safety tips, visit the National Fire Prevention Association's website.

The holiday season is also the time when the majority of home fires occur. Be sure to check fire alarms to ensure they are working properly and replace batteries for best use.