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After being involved in a serious car accident, I really believed that my insurance company would take care of everything. It wasn't until I finally received their settlement offer that I realized they were not on my side at all. This is when I got wise and consulted a personal injury lawyer. It was the best decision I could have made. Thanks to my attorney, not only did I learn a lot about personal injury law, but I actually got the compensation that I needed and deserved. I made a lot of mistakes after my accident, but I also learned a lot along the way. It is my hope that this blog will allow other accident victims to learn from common mistakes and get the information they need to be successful in their own personal injury claims.

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Tips For Using A Turkey Fryer Safely

by Riley Sanchez

Each year, nearly one hundred people are killed, burned and otherwise injured in accidents involving a turkey fryer. In addition, turkey fryers account for the destruction of 900 homes each season. While these appliances produce a crisp, moist holiday dinner, they need to be used carefully and according to the manufacturer's instructions to avoid disaster and damage to your house and your person. If you have your heart set on a fried turkey this season, be sure to follow these five safety tips:

Turkey fryer safety tips

1. Make sure to thaw the turkey first. You may think that frying will help that little extra frozen part of the turkey thaw quickly. However, what can happen is that concentrated fat is released into the fryer all at once when a section thaws and can cause a fire. Better to slowly thaw your bird in the refrigerator before you begin cooking.

2. Only use the fryer outdoors. Turkey fryers aren't designed to be used indoors. It's also wise to situate the fryer on level ground (so it won't easily tip over) and a good distance from your house (so a fire won't also ignite your home.)

3. Keep kids and pets away from the fryer. You don't need extra distractions near the fryer while you're cooking. Neither do you need to worry about little ones or pets getting burned accidentally.

4. Place the bird in the fryer slowly. You want to place the turkey into the fryer gently and slowly. Dropping it into the fryer can cause oil and grease to splash, potentially causing burns.

5. Double-check to make sure that you've turned off the flame. After you've finished cooking, check and double-check that you've turned off the flame to the fryer. You don't want the oil igniting just as you're sitting down to your dinner.

6. If you have a fire, don't try to extinguish it yourself. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 54 percent of those injured in home fire are injured trying to put out a fire.  As difficult as it may be, it's better to stand back and call the professionals.

If, despite your best efforts and close attention to the fryer manufacturer's instructions, you or someone in your family is injured by a fryer, it may not be your fault, but rather something in the product design or instructions. A good law firm can help you sort through the details and determine whether you have a reason to sue the company that made the fryer.