9 Tips to Help You Deep Fry Your Thanksgiving Turkey Safely

There’s nothing quite like enjoying a delicious, crispy fried turkey on Thanksgiving Day! This method of cooking will give you a mouth-watering, tender turkey to savor; however, you will need to take the proper steps to ensure that your meal is cooked properly and that you stay safe. After all, deep fryers present quite a few fire hazards, so extra caution needs to be taken.

Don’t let deep frying scare you away from having an amazing Thanksgiving meal! Just follow our tips below to stay safe when you’re frying your turkey:

Keep Them at a Safe Distance – When using an outdoor fryer, make sure that you keep them off decks, out of the garage, and more than 10 feet away from all buildings, cars, and trees.

Thaw and Dry the Turkey Completely – It is especially important to thaw and dry your turkey completely before placing it in the fryer. Even the smallest amount of water or ice can cause dangerous flare-ups when it comes in contact with hot oil, which can cause terrible burns or fires.

Watch the Weather – Keep an eye on the weather. Never operate a fryer outdoors in the rain or the snow.

Keep It on a Level Surface – Always be sure that your fryer is placed on a level surface and avoid moving it once it’s in use.

Protect Yourself – Always use thick oven mitts when handling your pot. The sides, lid, and handles can reach extremely high temperatures due to the hot oil inside. It’s also a smart idea to wear goggles to shield your eyes.

Watch the Oil Temperature – If you don’t have one already, purchase a fryer with temperature controls. When you’re cooking, watch the oil temperature carefully. Oil that is heated beyond its smoke point can catch fire, so if you notice that the oil is smoking, turn the fryer off right away.

Never Leave It Unattended – Don’t leave your fryer unattended, and keep children and pets away from the fryer at all times. Fryers can be easy to tip over, which can be a recipe for disaster.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby – Should a fire break out, you will need a fire extinguisher close by to help you put it out. Make sure that you and your family members know how to use it properly as well.

Take Care Once the Turkey Is Done – Once your turkey is done, carefully remove the pot from the burner and place it on a level surface. Cover it to let the oil cool overnight before you dispose of it.

We hope that these safety tips will help you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving this year. Don’t forget to keep your home up-to-date with an insurance policy from Madison Mutual! Visit us online at www.madisonmutual.com to learn more about us.

7 Essential Fall Maintenance Projects for Your Home

The leaves may still be falling, but winter is coming. Make sure your house is in order by spending some time on maintenance! Keep you and your loved ones safe and warm by preparing your home for the winter storms.

Here are 7 simple and cost-effective projects to check off your list before the cold weather hits.

Step Up Home Safety – Make sure all your safety devices work properly before you turn on the heat. Replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors and purchase new fire extinguishers if the ones you have are expired.

Keep Warm by Weatherstripping – Gaps through which heat can escape are found in many places around the house. Examine doors, windows, around protruding pipes, foundation lines, and near chimneys to see if there are any problems. Slowly move your hand around the area and feel for a leak. If you find one, plug it up appropriately by applying weather stripping, caulk, or sealant to the area.

Show the Insulation Some Love – Install new insulation or improve existing insulation to prevent cold air from seeping into your home. Focus on lining the attic and walls to help save on energy costs.

Get Your Furnace and Chimneys Checked – Preemptive maintenance can save time, money, energy, and lives. Make sure your chimneys and furnaces are clean and in good working condition before you even have to use them. Schedule an inspection from a qualified technician to ease any worries or fix any problems you find.

Clean the Roof and Gutters – Check your roof for loose shingles, branches, or nests, which could fly off in heavy winter winds. Be on the lookout for any weak spots susceptible to caving in from the weight of heavy snow or ice. Check that all gutter hangers are fastened securely. Thoroughly clean leaves and any other debris out of your gutters, especially around the elbows and bends in your downspouts. Remember, clogged gutters can lead to water damage to your roof or siding.

Give Your Landscape Some TLC – Be sure to trim your trees and shrubs! Cut away limbs that are dead or dying to prevent them from falling during winter storms. When in doubt about which branches could pose a threat, hire an arborist to point them out or cut them for you. Rake leaves off your lawn so spring growth can thrive. While outside, check your driveways and walkways for any cracks and seal them. If you have any outdoor furniture, make sure you clean it and store it in a dry place.

Check Your Pipes and Faucets – Prevent water problems inside your home by fixing any leaky faucets, draining your hot water heater, and checking the tank for a buildup of sediments or rust. Take care of your pipes outside, too! Unscrew all garden hoses, store them in a safe place, and turn off the valves to your exterior faucets. Make sure you run the water until the pipes are completely drained to keep them from freezing, and don’t forget to drain your irrigation system while you’re at it.

Anything can happen as the days grow colder, but we’ll keep you covered like a cozy blanket with our homeowners insurance policy. Call your local Madison Mutual agent today to make sure your coverage is up-to-date!