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11 a.m. Wednesday, November 20
Broward Fire Academy
2600 SW 71 Ter., Davie

A popular item at holiday time is the propane turkey fryer. While readily available and inexpensive, they can be unsafe, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL). The NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers except by properly trained professionals using professional-grade equipment. UL does not certify any of these appliances with their mark. A similar outdoor unit has been available for a while that does not use oil and should be considered as an alternative to the oil-containing fryers.

Since deep-fried turkey is a longtime favorite food, especially in the southern United States, people will continue to use the deep fryers. Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, in conjunction with the Florida Division of State Fire Marshal, will demonstrate proper safety measures for those who choose this method. Wearing full protective gear, firefighters will also demonstrate the consequences of improper use, resulting in a spillover of hot oil and potential fire. Consumer-grade turkey fryers use a substantial quantity of cooking oil at high temperatures and pose a significant danger. Additionally, the oil remains hot for hours after the unit is turned off. The use of turkey fryers by consumers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries and the destruction of property. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Marshal’s Bureau echoes the NFPA suggestion that those who prefer deep-fried turkey purchase it cooked from a grocer, food retailer or restaurant that prepares them using professional-grade equipment.

Thanksgiving is the top day for cooking fires to happen. According to a recent report published by the U. S. Fire Administration, an estimated 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings occur annually in the U. S., resulting in an estimated average of five deaths, 25 injuries and $21 million in property losses. By far, the leading cause of Thanksgiving Day fires in residential buildings is cooking. These fires occur most frequently between noon and 4 p.m. The NFPA reports that cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. Hundreds of Americans are killed each year due to home cooking fires and thousands more are injured. Cooking fires also cause roughly half a billion dollars in direct property damage to the homes and their contents.

This report by:
Mike Jachles/PIO
11/19/13 1500

Posted At: 11/19/2013 02:58 PM

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