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SC ranks in top 10 for Thanksgiving cooking fires

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While turkey frying is very popular, it puts people at risk for fryer related fires and injuries. While turkey frying is very popular, it puts people at risk for fryer related fires and injuries.

SOUTH CAROLINA (WMBF) - Thanksgiving produces more cooking fires, according to insurance claims, than any other day of the year, and South Carolinians are starting many of them.

According to State Farm claims data, grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November. South Carolina ranked in the top 10 states for cooking fires according to claims made over the past five years.

While turkey frying is very popular, it puts people at risk for fryer related fires and injuries. In fact, fire departments across the U.S. respond to more than 1,000 fires each year where a deep fryer is involved.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that deep fryer fires cause more than $15 million in property damage each year, not to mention the burn dangers related to splattered grease.

According to State Farm, the top 10 states for grease and cooking-related claims on Thanksgiving Day for the past five years (2007-2011) are:

  1. Texas
  2. Illinois
  3. New York
  4. Ohio
  5. Florida
  6. California
  7. Louisiana
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Minnesota
  10. South Carolina

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