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State Farm and William Shatner Present Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix
State Farm and William Shatner Present Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix
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.
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.
Improperly using a turkey fryer can lead to devastating burns and the destruction of property. Consider an oil-less turkey fryer as an alternative.
Improperly using a turkey fryer can lead to devastating burns and the destruction of property. Consider an oil-less turkey fryer as an alternative.
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.

State Farm Releases Data on Top States for Cooking Fire Claims on Thanksgiving

Insurer Partners with William Shatner to Urge Safety when Frying a Moister, Tastier Turkey

Bloomington, Ill., Nov 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — 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.

With the popularity of turkey frying, people are at risk for fryer related fires and injuries. U.S. fire departments are responding to more than 1,000 fires each year in which a deep fryer is involved. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says deep fryer fires result in more than $15 million in property damage each year and hot oil splatter can cause serious burns to an adult or life threatening injuries to a child.

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.Texas19
2.Illinois18
3.New York18
4.Ohio13
5.Florida13
6.California12
7.Louisiana12
8.Pennsylvania12
9.Minnesota11
10.South Carolina11

In 2011, State Farm teamed up with Shatner to produce a short video dramatizing an actual accident where the celebrity was burned in a turkey fryer mishap on Thanksgiving. The docudrama, “Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Tale”, warns people about the dangers of improper turkey frying.

As a result of the video and safety campaign last year, State Farm grease & cooking related fire claims occurring on Thanksgiving Day were carved in half and the daily average for the entire month reached a seven year low. It seems that William Shatner really DID help save the world from exploding turkeys.

“I love to fry turkey and have been doing it for years but I am not immune to frying accidents,” says Shatner. “People need to remember that hot oil and turkey can be a dangerous combination.”

To get the safety message out in 2012, State Farm worked with John Boswell, aka melodysheep on YouTube, to auto-tune the Shatner turkey fryer video. Called “Eat, Fry, Love: A Cautionary Remix”, Boswell injected the perfect blend of creativity and repetition to create a Thanksgiving safety anthem sure to have families clamoring for a moister, tastier and turkey.

Most turkey fryer fires are preventable. Recognizing common mistakes is a critical step in reducing your risk of a fire or potentially fatal burns.

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About John Boswell
The Symphony of Science is a musical project of John D Boswell, designed to deliver scientific knowledge and philosophy in musical form. John Boswell, aka melodysheep on YouTube, is represented by The Gersh Agency and Excellent Birds and is partnered with Revision3. For more information about the Symphony of Science, visit http://symphonyofscience.com.