Prevent Turkey Frying Fires in Palm Beach This Thanksgiving
Public Adjuster Tips to Protect Your Property
Did You Know Thanksgiving is the Peak Day for Home Cooking Fires?
Remember This Thanksgiving
An estimated 2,100 residential home fires are reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property losses each year.
– NFIRS Data Snapshot (2011-2013)
While Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to gather with family and friends each year, Palm Beach residents need to remember to take caution to prevent turkey frying fires from causing damage to their property, homes and lives.
According to the NFIRS Data Snapshot, from 2011-2013, an estimated 2,100 residential home fires were reported to fire departments in the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day causing 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property losses each year. The majority of those residential fires – 65 percent – took place in one or two-family dwellings. Thanksgiving Day home fires most frequently occurred from noon to 3 pm when people were preparing their Thanksgiving dinner. Cooking fires occurred more often on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year and was the leading cause of all Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings at 72 percent.
South Florida-based Advocate Claims Public Adjusters is suggesting the following five tips to keep you and your property safe this Thanksgiving.
RECIPE FOR PREVENTING TURKEY FRYING FIRES:
- Turkey fryers can easily tip over spilling hot cooking oil over a large area. Secure the turkey fryer properly before filling with oil.
- An overfilled cooking pot will cause cooking oil to spill when the turkey is placed in the fryer and partially frozen causing hot cooking oil to splatter. Use the oil measuring line on the inside of the cooking pot to ensure you use the right and safe amount of oil.
- Even a small amount of hot cooking oil spilling on a hot burner can cause a large fire. Fry your turkey outside with a safe perimeter between the fryer and your home if possible.
- Without thermostat controls, deep fryers can overheat oil to the point of starting a fire. Be sure to use a thermostat to heat your oil to the recommended temperature and follow guidelines to prevent the fryer from overheating.
- The bottom, sides, lid and handle of a turkey fryer are hot. Always use oven mitts when handling any part of the cooking pot.
Most homeowner insurance policies cover home fires, large and small. If you want to be sure, reach out for a free policy review and consultation. In the event you experience a turkey frying fire or cooking fire of any kind to your property in Palm Beach this Thanksgiving, call Steven Venook at Advocate Claims Public Adjusters at 561-962-0065.
“I’ll provide you with a free consultation and help you determine whether or not filing an insurance claim is in your best interest, and help you manage your insurance claim to properly restore your property.” – Steven David Venook