Don't Burn The House Down on Turkey Day!!!!

Submitted Wed, 11/14/2012 - 6:28am by BossFrog

In 2011, State Farm teamed up with William Shatner to produce a short video dramatizing an actual accident where he was burned in a turkey fryer mishap on Thanksgiving, something that happens in real life way too much. The docudrama, “Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Tale,” warns people about the dangers of improper turkey frying. As a result of the video and safety campaign, State Farm grease and cooking related fire claims occurring on Thanksgiving Day were carved in half and the daily average for the entire month reached a seven year low. It seems that Shatner really DID help save the world from exploding turkeys. To get the safety message out in 2012, State Farm worked with John Boswell, aka melodysheep on YouTube, to auto-tune the Shatner turkey fryer video. Called “Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix.” Most turkey fryer fires are preventable. Recognizing common mistakes is a critical step in reducing your risk of giving Black Friday a whole new meaning:

  • 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 spill by first filling the pot with cold oil and then lower 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 an extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fire nearby.