Fire Risk: Cooking Your Thanksgiving Turkey
For those unlucky turkeys who didn’t receive a Presidential pardon, the third Thursday of each November is a risky one—and not just for the gobblers. Deep-frying a bird, or birds if we’re talking ‘turducken,’ has become a popular method of preparing the main course. However, it can quickly become unpopular when the fire department is called. Any time a vat of boiling grease has the potential to light your house on fire, you might want to take a few precautions.
During the holiday season, insurance claims associated with Thanksgiving jump 15%, while fires caused by deep frying turkeys jump a whopping 300%. The average insurance claim for these fires is around $29,000, so make sure your homeowners insurance is current before dipping your bird in hot oil.
Homeowners insurance typically does cover structural fires, but you will want to check your fire insurance for other coverage. For instance, the contents of your home, e.g., clothing and furniture, may or may not be covered. If they are covered, you may only receive reimbursement for what they cost, not for the cost to replace them. Check the front page of your policy, and take note of the following tips to prevent an accident:
- Do not use fryer in an enclosed area, and this includes your garage.
- Do not overfill the fryer.
- Use safety gear.
- Thaw turkey completely before frying.
- Keep the fryer on a flat surface.
- Never throw water on a grease fire, and keep an extinguisher nearby.
Just taking a few extra steps can keep the flames away from your home, your bird a dining table masterpiece, and the drama of Thanksgiving left to your in-laws.