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Turkey for Thanksgiving?

11/9/2021 (Permalink)

As 2021 is winding down, Thanksgiving is just only a few weeks away.   Traditionally, a common plate found on the table for Thanksgiving is turkey.  As the turkey is being prepared for the big occasion, there can be some dangers with preparing this meal. Cooking is the leading cause of house fires according to Ready.gov.  Be extra careful with turkey fryers. There are a few house fires that take place on Thanksgiving due to the fact that some safety precautions were not being considered.  SERVPRO of Victoria has provided some helpful tips to use while preparing a turkey to prevent any mishaps from happening.  Below are a few key messages to follow to help ensure the safety of your home:  

  • Only use turkey fryers outdoors; away from home or building and any flammable materials.
  • Keep children and pets a safe distance away from the fryer when in use and for several hours after cooking. 
  • Do not leave the fryer unattended; temperature should also be monitored closely. 
  • If any smoke, at all, comes from the heating pot of oil, turn the burner off immediately as oil may be overheating. 
  • Cover any skin that is exposed; it is encouraged to use a pair of gloves that is designed for high heat. 
  • Follow the manufacture's recommendation for the amount of oil to add.  Do not over fill the fryer.
  • Be prepared - consider purchasing a fire extinguisher for safety precautions. 

Fire damage can be devastating especially around the holidays.  SERVPRO of Victoria understands the stress that comes with it.  Our team is dedicated to helping you.  If you face any fire damages, give our team a call (361) 573-6000 and we’ll be there to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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