The Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to make sure only the food gets fried on Thanksgiving.
in one Twitter thread As announced on November 23, the CPSC urged people to “cook the turkey, not your home,” on a holiday that is said to have the most home fires of any day of the year.
The CPSC offers tips on how to properly fry a turkey and the simple cooking mistakes to avoid a fire.
A video compilation set to dance music shows a series of turkeys being lowered into pots filled with hot cooking oil and then bursting into flames.
The video, which has been viewed more than 2.8 million times, shows the exploding turkeys passing everywhere from the basement to the outside decks, setting the area ablaze.
“If you’re roasting your turkey this year, make sure it’s thawed,” the CPSC wrote. “Follow the manufacturer’s directions for using your deep fryer. Only roast a turkey outside of your home. Never use turkey deep fryers in the garage or on the porch, Turkey America!”
The commission then found that Thanksgiving is the most dangerous day of the year when it comes to home fires, and it’s not just because of mishaps trying to fry turkeys.
“Tomorrow there will be three times more house fires in the United States than any other day of the year,” the CPSC wrote. “Turkey fryers will not be the primary cause. no Unattended cooking is the number one cause of home fires. What Causes Unattended Cooking? Dozens of normal things…
“A relative breaks something in the other room and now you have to see what happened,” the CPSC continued. “Your little child is screaming that they need help. A neighbor comes by to bring a present and you talk longer than expected.”
Indeed, the Commission says, “Your house is much more likely to catch fire tomorrow because you left something on the stove and walked away.”
The CPSC then shared simple tips on how to avoid fires and enjoy the holiday.
“We ask that tomorrow, while you entertain friends and family and juggle likely dozens of responsibilities, you elect to have someone in the kitchen at all times,” the CPSC wrote. “You don’t have to be a good cook, just someone who can make sure there’s no fire.
“If you don’t have anyone available (and even if you do have someone), make sure all smoke detectors are working. Make sure there is a fire extinguisher in your kitchen. These things can save your life when the unthinkable happens.”
While deep-frying a turkey can yield a juicy, golden-skinned bird in about an hour compared to cooking a turkey in an oven for several hours, there are a number of critical steps to safely cooking it this way.
Here are 10 tips for deep frying a turkey to help you avoid fire or damage to your home and enjoy a delicious meal.
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