Thanksgiving safety and blessings from Integrated Fire Protection

As we begin our Thanksgiving celebrations with family and friends, Integrated Fire Protection is counting our many blessings.  We are especially thankful for our clients who trust in our fire and life safety services.

Owner John Bennett said he is “extremely grateful and humbled for the incredible relationships and friendships that we are so fortunate to have.”

Our wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving would be lacking if we didn’t mention that the threat of household fires actually triples on Thanksgiving Day.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, from 2009 to 2011, there was an average 1,300 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day. This is more than three times the average daily rate of about 400 cooking fires a day.

Firefighters in Beaumont, Texas demonstrate how quickly a turkey fryer can go up in flames if not used correctly. Photo courtesy of Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise

Add to those numbers turkey fryer fires and you’ve got a recipe for disaster.

Since 2003, there have been more than 125 turkey fryer-related fires, burns, explosions, smoke inhalations, or laceration incidents reported to Consumer Product Safety Commission staff.

Georgia ranks among the top seven states for turkey fryer fires, a recent State Farm survey concluded. Between 2005 and 2012 there were 16 turkey fryer related claims in Georgia.

Texas topped the list with 38 claims related to turkey fryer fires in that same time period.

“Turkey fryer fires can be explosive and result in serious burns,” said Glenn Gaines, Deputy U.S. Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration (USFA). “Only use a turkey fryer outside and away from your home. Never use it in a garage or on a porch. Don’t overfill the oil or leave the turkey fryer unattended.”

Cook outdoors at a safe distance from any buildings or trees and keep the fryer off any wooden structures, such as a deck or patio.

And always have a fire extinguisher approved for cooking or grease nearby.

On behalf of every employee here at Integrated Fire Protection – we wish you and your family the very best this Thanksgiving.

Happy Turkey Day!