Deep-fried turkey is a holiday tradition for many families in the south, as important as picking out a tree or opening gifts Christmas morning. However, this tradition can come with serious risks, as evidenced by a recent study.
State Farm Insurance released a study last month showing that Texas sees more deep fryer-related fires and accidents than any other state. These accidents can cause significant property damage, but even more serious are the injuries that can result.
Burns often result when flames flare-up or people are splashed with hot grease from the fryer. These injuries may not seem serious at first but they can result in infection and scarring with potentially lifelong effects.
While even the most vigilant fryer may fall victim to a burn there are a few steps that home cooks can take to help ensure a safe frying experience:
- Make sure that you measure the oil correctly, as too much oil can splash over at dangerous temperatures.
- Thaw the turkey or other bird completely before frying.
- Make sure that you have all the proper equipment. Your fryer should come with instructions but consider asking a professional for a second opinion regarding what you need.
- Don't drink and fry. While a glass of wine during preparations may seem to make things go more smoothly, alcohol is a contributing factor in many deep fryer accidents.
A product liability claim can arise when a person is injured by a dangerous or defective product. The manufacturer or distributor of the product can be held liable if the product is inherently unsafe or is packaged in a dangerous way. A claim may also succeed if the manufacturer fails to provide adequate instructions for safe use or warn of any dangers.
If you or someone you love is hurt in an accident involving a defective product, you may face considerable expenses in the form of medical bills or lost wages from missing work due to an injury. Consider speaking to a personal injury with experience in product liability matters. They may be able to investigate the product, build a case, and help you pursue any claims that may be appropriate.
Source: KLTV, "Texas tops list for most deep fryer accidents," Lexie Cook, Nov. 20, 2012