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William Shatner learned what not to do while frying a turkey. Image: PRNewsFoto/State Farm
Did you know that more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year?
State Farm knows. And in an effort to spread the word about turkey frying safety, State Farm enlisted the help of William Shatner to make this video (titled Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Tale) that is quintessential Shatner:
Even if you’re not a Shatner fan, it behooves us all to pay attention. Grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November. And an astounding $15 million of Thanksgiving Day fire damage involves the ever-popular deep-frying of turkeys.
Another video, Underwriters Laboratories’ classic Dangers of Turkey Fires, is a bit more straightforward.
More than one-third of fires involving a fryer start in a garage or patio. Cook outdoors far from your house, trees, deck, or patio.
First fill the pot with cold oil and then lower the thawed turkey into the pot to determine how much oil to add or remove.
Shut off the fuel source or flame when you add the turkey so oil doesn’t spill over the rim and catch fire.
Never fry a frozen turkey.
Lower your thawed turkey slowly into the fryer.
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. See what happens when you use the wrong extinquisher:
has been writing about real estate for more than two decades. She lives in a suburban Baltimore Midcentury modest home on a 3-acre lot shared with possums, raccoons, foxes, a herd of deer, and her blue-tick hound.