DON’T “FOWL” WHEN FRYING YOUR BIRD
THANKSGIVING DAY #1 FOR HOUSE FIRES
- Date: November 14, 2012 PIO# 12-11-15
TURKEY FRYER MEDIA SAFETY DEMONSTRATION
Friday, November 16
Broward Fire Academy
2600 SW 71 Tr., Davie
A popular item at holiday time is the propane turkey fryer. They are readily available and inexpensive but can be unsafe, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers except by properly trained professionals using professional-grade equipment. UL does not certify any of these appliances with their UL mark. A similar outdoor unit is now available that does not use oil and should be considered as an alternative to the oil-containing fryers.
Since deep-fried turkey is a longtime favorite food, especially in the southern United States, people will continue to use the deep fryers. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, in conjunction with the State Fire Marshal’s Office, will demonstrate proper safety measures for those who choose this method. Wearing full protective gear, firefighters will also demonstrate the consequences of improper use, resulting in a spillover of hot oil and potential fire. Consumer-grade turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and pose a significant danger. Additionally, the oil remains hot for hours after the unit is turned off. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Marshal’s Bureau echoes the NFPA suggestion that those who prefer deep-fried turkey simply purchase one prepared from a grocer, food retailer or restaurant that prepares them using professional equipment.
“Thanksgiving is the top day for cooking fires to happen, so it is important to keep safety in mind,” Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal Robert Arrighetti said. According to a recent report published by the U. S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the U. S., resulting in an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries and $21 million in property losses. By far, the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. These fires occur most frequently between noon and 4 p.m. The NFPA reports that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Hundreds of Americans are killed each year due to home cooking fires and thousands more are injured. Cooking fires also cause roughly half a billion dollars in direct property damage to the homes and their contents.
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