Tampa, FL, November 26, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Licensed public adjusters, The Public Adjusters, understands the desire to make your holidays extraordinary but stresses that safety is a must for all home owners. The Public Adjusters provide all holiday chefs with a safety checklist which will keep family, friends and home safe from potential dangers like house fires as well as scalding and burns.
Turkey Frying Safely
Thanksgiving is a time of celebration and cooking as people across the United States come together to share food and good cheer. Deep frying, a variation of cooking the traditional Thanksgiving turkey has gained in popularity in recent years. Deep frying a turkey can be accomplished safely, but there are safety tips that need to be followed to prevent fire, smoke and water damage to homes.
Instructions for safely frying a holiday turkey:
Never use turkey fryers on wooden decks or in garages.
Turkey fryers must always be used on a flat outdoor surface, away from structures.
According to the National Turkey Federation, cooking oils with high smoke points should be used when frying turkeys. Peanut oil, which has the highest smoke point (425°F) is highly recommended.
Fryers must be filled to appropriate levels. Fryers overfilled with oil may spill when the turkey is placed into the cooking pot, causing severe burns to anyone working with the turkey or the potential exists for a fire which can damage property.
Oil inside of a turkey fryer can overheat, splash onto the fryers' open flame and ignite causing house fires and extensive property damage.
Never leave the fryer unattended. Most units do not have thermostat controls, so you must watch the fryer carefully to keep an eye on the oil temperature. Remember that the oil will continue to heat until it catches fire
If any smoke at all is noticed coming from a heating pot of oil, the oil is overheated and the burner should be turned off immediately.
Keep children and pets away from the fryer when in use. Even after use, bear in mind that the oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.
Use well-insulated potholders or oven mitts when touching pot or lid handles and wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from oil splatter.
Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water may cause the hot oil to spill over, igniting a fire or even creating an explosion hazard.
Keep an all-purpose fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it
Never use water to extinguish an oil or grease fire, and immediately call 9-1-1 for help if a fire should occur
Additional Holiday Safety Tips
The holidays are upon us, and holiday food preparation can result in kitchen fires and other dangerous mishaps like burns and scalds. Serving a traditional turkey requires extra attention to safety. The following tips are meant to lessen the chance of common holiday accidents or injuries occurring in your home.
Start your holiday cooking with a stove/oven.
Turn pot handles toward the rear of the stove.
Dress appropriately for holiday cooking. Sleeves can catch on fire and jewelry can snag on pot handles causing spills in addition to severe scalds and burns.
Nearly 50% of house fires across the nation start in the kitchen, cooking unattended.
Have a working fire extinguisher nearby and know how to use it.
In the event of a fire or medical emergency, always call 9-1-1.
The Public Adjusters / Insurance Claim Consultants Inc. is a public insurance adjusting firm licensed in 11 states throughout the United States. The firm works exclusively for the policyholder, ensuring maximum settlement amounts are paid based upon the damage and policy provisions unique to each insurance claim. With over two decades of winning experience and more than 10,000 clients served, the Tampa-based firm of public loss adjusters and insurance consultants specialize in loss assessment adjusting for home and business owners that suffer property loss from hurricane damage, tornado damage, fire and smoke damage, water loss damage, sinkholes, flood damage, hidden decay and business interruption claims. Acting as an ally and personal advocate for its clients during the claims process, The Public Adjusters has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars- including tens of millions in increased settlements- on behalf of property owners and managers. The firm of independent public loss adjusters boasts a 100% success rate in the re-opening of property insurance claims and has obtained settlements higher than 500% of the insurance company’s original offer. Company principle, Ronald Delo, is considered an industry- expert in property insurance lending his voice and expertise to numerous media outlets such as CNN, NBC and ABC, The New York Times and other media outlets to discuss property insurance issues and topics.