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SC Ranked 6th For Cooking, Fryer Accident Claims On Thanksgiving

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Most of these accidents could have been avoided.  Here are some tips to keep you, your family and your home safe while cooking and deep frying your turkey this year. Most of these accidents could have been avoided. Here are some tips to keep you, your family and your home safe while cooking and deep frying your turkey this year.

South Carolina ranks as one of the top states for grease and cooking-related claims on Thanksgiving Day.

The Palmetto State comes in sixth place, according to State Farm Insurance behind Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.

“Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries,” explains spokesman Justin Tomczak. “Based on data from State Farm, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year.”

Veronica Foster’s holiday menu doesn’t include using oil.

“I am going to stick to what I know and just bake my turkey.”

Foster tried to fry a turkey last thanksgiving and says it nearly sparked a major house fire.

“it was just a disaster, grease was spewing everywhere,” Foster recalls. “This year, I am not going to do that.”

Most of the fires are preventable.

State Farm offers the following tips to keep you, your family and your home safe:

  • The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking. It’s important to be alert to prevent cooking fires.
  • Have a “kid-free zone” of at least 3 feet around the stove and areas where hot food or drink is prepared or carried.
  • Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels or curtains — away from your stovetop.
  • Keep an extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fire nearby.
  • 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 over by first filling the pot with cold oil and then lower the thawed turkey into the pot to determine how much oil should be either 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.
State Farm teamed up with Duck Dynasty stars Si and Jase Robertson to produce a humorous, yet educational video showing safety precautions you should take while frying your bird.  Watch the YouTube video here.

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