With people getting in the kitchen for the holidays it’s important to be careful. According to property insurance companies' claims data, more fires resulting from cooking occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Studies show that the main causes of home fires are cooking fires, with November having the highest number of fires related to cooking, followed by December.
The states with the most claims for grease, and cooking related fires are California, Texas, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, South Carolina, Georgia, Minnesota, and Michigan according to State Farm.
With the beginning of the holiday season it’s important to follow a few tips the stay safe cooking. Make sure when frying a turkey to do it outside away from anything flammable. The turkey should be completely thawed and dried before frying. Make sure you never leave the turkey unattended and keep a fire extinguisher close by.
Be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving.
EMERGE INSURANCE AGENCY
Have you ever walked into a store the day after Halloween and felt like you flash-forwarded through time to mid-December? Ghost and skeleton decorations are instantly replaced with red and green foil, ribbons and bows, candy canes and Santa statues. Only days into November, Christmas commercials start airing on TV and some radio stations convert to all carols, all the time.
But what about Thanksgiving?
Thanksgiving is a time that’s rich in history and tradition and shouldn’t be forgotten or ignored. For example:
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A newer tradition that’s grown in popularity is to serve a deep-fried turkey at the feast. Proponents say that it takes less cooking time and the meat is juicier (and, honestly, what doesn’t taste better deep-fried?). However, preparing a turkey this way can be a dangerous proposition since it requires vast amounts of hot oil, which can splash, spill over or combust and burst into flames. The NTF and Butterball are two resources to learn how to properly and safely deep-fry a turkey. The most important rules are to never leave the turkey unattended while cooking and to keep pets and children away from the deep-fryer.
In fact, it’s a good idea not to leave any food in the oven or on the stove top over an open flame unattended while preparing Thanksgiving dinner to reduce fire risks. Cooking-related fires happen more on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year, contributing to 75 percent of Thanksgiving fires compared to 46 percent of fires on other days, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Let’s face it, nobody wants to eat blackened, dry and crunchy turkey, and you definitely don’t want to call the fire department or file an insurance claim when you should be enjoying quality time with family and friends.
Even the most careful cooks can have an accident, so be sure to reach out to us or your local insurance agent in advance to make sure you have enough coverage to repair or replace your damaged property in the event of a Thanksgiving mishap. We can reach to assist you in filing a homeowners claim by calling (904) 677-5884 if needed.
The greatest Thanksgiving tradition aside from gorging on delicious food is surrounding ourselves with the people we love and reflecting on all that we’re grateful for in our lives. Happy Thanksgiving!
EMERGE INSURANCE AGENCY
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