Deep-Fried Danger: Thanksgiving Cooking Drives Fires, Insurance Claims

COLUMBUS – That tasty turkey – especially the deep-fried version – can be a recipe for disaster if you aren’t careful, warns Ohio Lieutenant Governor Mary Taylor.

November trends as a main month for cooking fires, and associated burns and property damage could ruin your day of football, family and food, and much more. The state Fire Marshal’s Division reports that on average twice as many fires occurred last Thanksgiving compared to the entire year.

“This special holiday of coming together deserves to be safely enjoyed uninterrupted by an emergency,” said Taylor, also director of the Ohio Department of Insurance. “Taking several precautions can decrease the risk of fire and injury resulting in an insurance claim.”

Taylor provided these life situation tips as part of her Think Again initiative:

How to stay safe and avoid a claim:

Keep deep-fried turkey-cooking out of the garage, away from your home and wooden structures, including the deck.

Minimize distractions, multi-tasking and leaving any cooking area unattended.

Have an appropriate fire extinguisher handy. If the situation becomes more serious, evacuate and call 911.

If you have to file a claim:

Take photographs of the damage.

Immediately contact your insurance agent and/or company.

Provide complete and accurate information when submitting a claim to avoid delay.

If you have insurance questions or want to file a complaint against your insurer, call the Ohio Department of Insurance at 1-800-686-1526 or visit for information. Follow the department on Facebook and Twitter.