Friday, November 18, 2011

Fire does not take a holiday. Neither does Fire Safety

Those who watched StarTrek may recognize the presenter:

State Farm Insurance does a good job on these and many others.

I am not associated with State Farm.  I just want to get the information out.
I have witnessed too many holiday tragedies and many other fires that with a bit
of thought or training could have been avoided.  Not all fires are from deep fryers.  Some are complete accidents. Still others are from plain carelessness or just not truly thinking of what can happen even with a simple candle.


  1. This frying stuff is completely unknown here in Switzerland, but I enjoyed the videos. :)

  2. I agree with Florian - the concept of deep-frying a turkey is rather foreign here in Switzerland... only in America :-)

    However, I completely agree about the need for increased awareness of fire safety. We had fire trucks come to our apartment building just a month ago and there was a scary amount of smoke pouring out of the trash room - my best guess was that someone carelessly tossed a cigarette into one of the dumpsters. Ugh!

  3. Thanks for your comments.

    I was unsure how many countries have or use these fryers when I made the post. I believe the Thanksgiving holiday is unique to the USA also.

    Until a few years ago here in the States deep frying a turkey was very popular in Texas and a few other south western states. With the advent of cheap Chinese fryers the method has become popular all over the country. Deep fryer use (even the indoor kind) or should I state mis-use contributes to many structure fires. The improper use of charcoal and propane-fired bar-b-que grills is another hazard that is too common. Hopefully users of these devices will learn and think before they use them. Safe use is better than banning them by law. The device is not the problem, people not using them correctly is the problem.

  4. As a kid, mum used to keep a pan half full with solidified beef dripping. It had a basket which you could lift out when the fat was melted to take chips (french fires) for rapid deep-frying. My sister once fried pineapple fritters as an experiment, but it was a pan pretty much reserved for frying chipped potatoes - a British staple. Damp chips and hot fat, as well as excellent ingredients for a tasty side dish, were also ideal conflagration companions. The 'chip pan fire' was well known and probably accounted for thousands of ruined meal times, scalds, damage to property or even loss of life. But few things taste as good as chips fried in beef dripping like that.

  5. Rob,
    I grew up with much the same as my Grandmother had a similarly arranged pan and basket. I lived with my Grandparents. The beef drippings made food taste much better than the modern oils. Most times peanut oil is used to prepare the turkey.