WASHINGTON – For some, frying the Thanksgiving turkey is a family tradition. But every year families lose their homes and sometimes loved ones due to fires caused by deep fat fryers.
Just like other potentially dangerous household appliances like generators, deep fat fryers cause more than $15 million in property damage every year, according to the National Fire Protection Association. The NFPA also says hot oil splatter from cooking the bird can cause serious burns.
One-third of fryer fires start in a garage or patio, but there are simple steps to take to avoid common fire hazards.
Source: State Farm Insurance
Watch how quickly an oil fire can start while frying a turkey:
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