A Turkey Frying Safety Video With a Twist

william-shatner-fried-turkey_3x2_80dd17870c439125a0cffa7f8474907c_540x360_q85State Farm enlists staccato-speaking William Shatner to tell a ‘personal story’ about the dangers of turkey fryers.

Did you know that more cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year?

State Farm knows. And in an effort to spread the word about turkey frying safety, State Farm enlisted the help of William Shatner to make this video (titled Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Tale) that is quintessential Shatner:

Even if you’re not a Shatner fan, it behooves us all to pay attention. Grease and cooking-related claims more than double on Thanksgiving Day compared to an average day in November. And an astounding $15 million of Thanksgiving Day fire damage involves the ever-popular deep-frying of turkeys.

More than one-third of fires involving a fryer start in a garage or patio. Cook outdoors far from your house, trees, deck, or patio.

First fill the pot with cold oil and then lower the thawed turkey into the pot to determine how much oil to add or remove.

Shut off the fuel source or flame when you add the turkey so oil doesn’t spill over the rim and catch fire.

Never fry a frozen turkey.

Lower your thawed turkey slowly into the fryer.

Never leave a hot turkey fryer unattended.

Do not use ice or water to cool down oil or extinguish an oil fire.

Keep an extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fire nearby.