North Little Rock, AR, Nov 13, 2012 – According to State Farm® claims data, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. In fact, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.
With the popularity of turkey frying, people are at risk for fryer related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year and hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child.
According to State Farm, the top 10 states for grease and cooking-related claims on Thanksgiving Day for the past five years (2007-2011) are:
"Thanksgiving Day is a busy time – between hosting family and friends, football, on TV, and other activities going on, it is easy to get distracted," said Gary Stephenson, State Farm Public Affairs Media Contact. "This is a safety issue, and a trend we would like to see decrease."
Most turkey fryer fires are preventable. Keep these tips in mind:
Gary Stephenson, State Farm Public Affairs, (501) 615 - 6004.
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