leading causes of Thanksgiving fires and tips for preventing them.
On Thanksgiving, make sure to cook the turkey, not your house, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s advice.
On Thanksgiving, the meal should be the only thing that is fried, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
On Nov. 23, the CPSC warned people to “cook the turkey and not your home” on Thanksgiving, which it claims has the highest number of home fires of any day of the year.
The CPSC provides instructions on how to deep-fry a turkey properly and lists common cooking errors to avoid causing a fire.
Several turkeys are shown being lowered into pots filled with hot cooking oil before bursting into flames in a video compilation set to dancing music.
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— US Consumer Product Safety Commission (@USCPSC) November 23, 2022
More than 2.8 million people have watched the video, which depicts bursting turkeys engulfing the area in flames everywhere from the basement to outdoor decks.
The CPSC advised, “If you’re frying your turkey this year, make sure it is thawed.” “To use your fryer, follow the manufacturer’s directions. Fry a turkey only outside, far from your house. Never use a turkey fryer outside or on a porch, America the turkey!”
The commission went on to say that Thanksgiving is the most hazardous day of the year for home fires, and this is due to more than just accidents involving deep-frying turkeys.
The CPSC predicted that tomorrow will see three times as many home fires as any other day of the year. “No, unattended cooking is the number one cause of house fires. What causes unattended cooking? Dozens of commonplace activities…
Your young child cries out for help and you need to investigate because a relative broke something in the adjacent room, the CPSC said. When a neighbour comes over to deliver a present, the conversation goes on longer than you anticipated.
Indeed, the commission says “your home is much more likely to catch fire tomorrow because you left something cooking on top of the stove and walked away.””We ask that tomorrow, while you’re entertaining friends and family and juggling what’s likely dozens of responsibilities, you choose to have someone in the kitchen at all times,” the CPSC wrote. “They don’t need to be a good cook, just someone who can make sure there isn’t a fire.
“If you don’t have someone available (and even if you do) make sure your smoke alarms are all working. Make sure there’s a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. These things can save your life if the unthinkable happens.”
In comparison to baking a turkey for several hours, deep-frying it may produce a delicious bird with golden-brown skin in about an hour, but doing it safely requires a number of important measures.
Here are some suggestions for deep-frying a turkey that can help you cook a tasty feast without risking fires or home damage.
Amazing results may be obtained by deep-frying a turkey, including a shiny bird with golden-brown skin that is cooked to perfection in a matter of minutes. However, anyone who has seen a YouTube video of a deep-fried turkey catching fire should be aware that the method is not to be taken lightly. If done properly, you might be able to finish your plate in one hour. If something goes wrong, you might be eating Jell-O in the ER. Here are some deep-fried turkey recommendations from Food & Wine (use at your own risk!).
Test the amount of oil you actually need.
Oil has not yet been added to the pot. Calculate how much liquid needs to be added to the pot to cover the turkey without spilling onto the burner using cold water.
Only outdoors, on a flat, level surface should you cook a turkey; never on a wooden structure or in a closed space like a kitchen or garage. Also keep in mind that cleaning oil off of concrete is difficult. Make sure to remove any kids, dogs, or inebriated family members from the vicinity.
Use a fresh bird or completely defrost one that was frozen.
Any moisture from the turkey can cause heated oil to splatter and potentially ignite a fire the moment it comes into contact with it.
When cooking a turkey, you must keep the stuffing separate.
The butternut squash with cornbread or the stuffing muffins with lemony mushrooms and pine nuts from Michael Symon are both excellent. Additionally, before frying the chicken,
don’t forget to remove the giblets from its cavity.
Slowly lower the bird into the oil. Not into the deep fried with the bird.
Never shift the pot. Homer Simpson, are you there? Making adjustments to a heated oil vat is quite risky.
Never let the turkey gobble on its own.
A single second could be all it takes for something to go wrong.
Drinking shouldn’t begin until the oil has cooled. Until this bird is cooked, it is best to be on guard.
Delay carving. To preserve the heated fluids, let the cooked turkey rest for at least 30 minutes.
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Keep thick blankets close hand in case of emergencies. An oil fire cannot be put out with water; it will just spread the burning oil. The use of a wool blanket will assist calm flare-ups.