With Thanksgiving less than a week away many of us are busy with shopping and food preparations for the Thanksgiving Day feast.
While there are lots of ways to prepare turkey, it has become popular to deep-fry the Thanksgiving bird. As more amateur cooks attempt this method, people are at risk for fryer related fires and injuries.
According to State Farm claims data, more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. In fact, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November.
In an effort to reverse this trend State Farm last year teamed up with celebrity William Shatner to produce a short video that warns people about the dangers of improper turkey frying. The video went viral and as a result State Farm grease and cooking-related fire claims occurring on Thanksgiving Day were carved in half.
To get the safety message out in 2012, State Farm has launched a new version of the video called Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary RemixÃ¢â‚¬ reminding us that you can get a Ã¢â‚¬Å“moister, tastier turkeyÃ¢â‚¬ and be safe at the same time.
Last year, 37.9 million Americans traveled during the Thanksgiving holiday.
AAA said this yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s projected increase in holiday travel appears to be the result of modestly improved economic conditions since last year, including an increase in gross domestic product, real disposable personal income and household net worth combined with a decrease in consumer debt.
While job growth has been minimal and unemployment remains high, the unemployment rate has remained stable, an improvement from 2008 and 2009 when job losses were mounting each quarter.
AAA expects some 39.7 million motorists to hit the road this Thanksgiving, a 12 percent increase on last year. Another 1.62 million are expected to travel by air, up 3.5 percent from last yearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1.57 million flyers, while another two percent are expected to travel by other modes of transportation such as rail and bus.