Allstate Insurance offers safety tips to avoid
deep-fried turkey disasters
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Fairfax, VA – Allstate Insurance is talking turkey around the Thanksgiving holiday. Deep frying a turkey can be a hazardous endeavor, and Allstate wants consumers to be sure that they focus on safety.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were more than 100 reported fire incidents involving turkey fryers since 1999. The majority of these incidents involved fires caused by the oil igniting and burns from splashing oil.
"Over the past several years, more and more people are looking to celebrate the holiday with a deep-friend turkey. At Allstate, we're in the business of protecting people and their possessions. We want to help ensure that the holiday is a time for giving thanks, and not for experiencing regret," says Allstate Field Vice President Dave Prendergast.
Underwriters Laboratory offers the following tips for safer turkey fryer use:
• Turkey fryers should always be used outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other material that can burn.
• Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
• Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping.
• Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls. If you don't watch the fryer carefully, the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire.
• Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot, hours after use.
• To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.