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South Carolina 6th in the nation for cooking-related claims on Thanksgiving

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Si and Jase Robertson, members of the Duck Commander family, have teamed up with insurer State Farm to reinforce the importance of turkey fryer and cooking safety this holiday season with a brand-new video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xPV27MxkF8.

Regardless if the person frying the bird is experienced or a novice, everyone should take appropriate safety precautions prior to frying. Jase and his uncle Si have been frying turkey for years without incident because they recognize the dangers and take the proper safety measures to reduce their risk of a fire.

According to State Farm Insurance claims data, the top states for grease and cooking-related claims on Thanksgiving Day (2005-2012) are:

  1. Texas                      38
  2. Illinois                     27
  3. Pennsylvania          23
  4. Ohio                       23
  5. New York                22
  6. South Carolina      16
  7. Georgia                  16

State Farm spokesman Justin Tomczak said "Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries.  Based on data from State Farm, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. The good news is that State Farm cooking fire claims on Thanksgiving Day have been reduced from 66 claims in 2010 to 29 claims in 2012, the lowest number of claims in a decade."

While the reduction is significant, the fact remains there are still injuries and damage to property as a result of turkey frying or cooking fires each year. November is the number one month for grease and cooking related fire and December is the second highest month. 

Most turkey fryer and cooking fires are preventable. Recognizing common mistakes is a critical step in reducing your risk of a fire or potentially fatal burns. Before you break out your bird this holiday season, remember to hang on a minute and do it right. 

Cooking Safety Tips

  • 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.

Turkey Fryer Safety Tips

  • 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.
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