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Burn Cases Expected To Increase During Thanksgiving Holiday
web posted November 20, 2012
AUGUSTA – While many Thanksgiving
traditions include feasting on a turkey complete with all of the
trimmings, for the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital, it
includes an increase in the number of burn patients seen in the unit.
“From cooking accidents to house fires, the causes are numerous and
varied,” said Dr. Fred Mullins, Medical Director of the Joseph M. Still
Burn Center at Doctors Hospital. “If there is a common thread
among the majority of our burn patients, it is that they let their
guard down for just a second,” he said. “Whether they got a little
distracted making dinner or were careless in the kitchen, the results
can be devastating.”
Tips to prevent holiday burns:
· Establish the
kitchen as a kids-free zone before cooking even begins
“Burns to children are usually more severe and the scars from their
injuries can last their entire lives,” Dr. Mullins said. “Each year, we
see injuries from children who touched a hot stovetop, or have pulled a
pot of hot food down on top of themselves.”
· Make sure all
pot handles are turned inward and any appliances that get hot, such as
a toaster oven, are well out of a child’s reach.
· Keep a close
eye on cooking surfaces to ensure that flammable items like potholders,
containers and food wrappers are not too close to each other.
· Taking the
cooking outside, such as when frying a turkey, does not lessen the
danger or diminish the need to be careful.
How to safely fry a turkey:
· Think small;
purchase a turkey that is less than 12 lbs.
· Check your oil
levels to prevent spillage out of the sides of the fryer and into
the flames causing a fire
How to ensure you have the correct oil level:
· Place the
turkey in the empty pot. Then slowly fill the pot with water. When the
water level reaches 2 inches above the turkey, pull the bird out and
then measure the water level. Pour out the water, dry the pot and then
fill to the measured level with oil.
Other fried turkey tips include:
· Check the
turkey to make sure it is not partially frozen and does not have any
excess water on it. The water can cause hot oil to splatter. It also
helps to pat down the bird with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
· The fryer
should be used on a well-ventilated, level, outdoor surface.
· Make sure the
pot is never left unattended, and children and pets are kept at a safe
· Use only
peanut, canola or safflower oils in the fryer.
· Use care when
touching the handles of the pot.
· Make sure the
deep fryer has a thermostat to regulate the temperature of the oil.
· Slowly lower
the turkey into the pot to avoid spillage.
· Make sure a
fire extinguisher is nearby that can put out a grease fire, just in
case an accident occurs. Water should never be used to try to
extinguish a grease or oil fire. Always call 911 in the event of a fire.
· Remember that
it may take several hours for the oil in a deep fryer to cool.
excessive alcohol drinking when using a deep-fryer.
For best results, Dr. Mullins recommends following the advice of both
the American Burn Association and the National Fire Protection
Association, “Leave the turkey frying to the professionals.”
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