Augusta Burn Center Physician to Provide Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Tips

  • Thursday, November 15, 2012

North Charleston, S.C./ November 13, 2012 – Dr. Claus Brandigi, of the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta will be at the Trident Burn Clinic on Wednesday, November 14. Dr. Brandigi will be available to speak about Thanksgiving Fire Prevention Tips.  From frying turkeys to holiday decorations catching on fire, emergency departments see a rise in burns during the Thanksgiving holiday. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center is nationally recognized for their commitment to fire safety and prevention.
A home fire is twice as likely to occur on Thanksgiving, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. “We see a spike in the number of burn patients every Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Brandigi. In recent years, many burns have occurred when people try to deep-fry a turkey. In fact, according to State Farm, South Carolina was one of the top 15 states for Thanksgiving grease and cooking fires between 2005 and 2010. However, all it takes is just a little precaution to help avoid deep-fryer burns.

In recent years, both the American Burn Association and the National Fire Protection Association have encouraged people to avoid frying turkeys due to the risks involved.  Still, if people plan to fry a turkey, there are certain tips to consider:

• Turkeys should be less than 12 lbs., and 8-10 lbs. turkeys are often the most appropriate size.
• 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 distance.
• 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 the deep fryer has a thermostat to regulate the temperature of the oil.
• Slowly lower the turkey into the pot to avoid spillage.

“One of the most important things I can tell people is that they should never, ever allow a child to be alone or unsupervised in the kitchen,” said Dr. Brandigi. “We see cases of children getting burned by touching a hot pot or pulling scalding liquid down on themselves on an almost daily basis.”

Other tips for staying safe in the kitchen include:
•Cook on the back burners of the stove, and make sure all pot handles are turned inward so children cannot come into contact with them. Appliances that get hot, like toaster ovens, should also be well out of a child’s reach.
• Do the most preparation and cooking on your own before Thanksgiving Day’s kitchen traffic.
• Keep potholders, containers and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking.
• Use timers to track cooking times.         
• Turn off all appliances if you leave the kitchen, even if you are leaving for just a few minutes.

Trident Health is an HCA health system comprised of two acute care hospitals – Trident Medical Center and Summerville Medical Center – as well as Moncks Corner Medical Center. The Joint Commission recently named Trident Health to their list of the nation’s top hospitals for quality and safety for the second year in a row. In 2011, Trident Health provided almost $45 million in charity and uncompensated care and contributed $38 million in taxes. Accredited by The Joint Commission, Trident Health is committed to providing quality health services along with wellness information and opportunities to the communities it serves. For more information about Trident Health, please visit our website at www.tridenthealthsystem.com or call 843.797.7000.

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