How to Safely Deep Fry a Turkey

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Deep-fried turkey is mouth-watering good. Home chefs everywhere are getting ready to roll up their sleeves this Thanksgiving to prepare an unforgettable meal and for many that means trying something new—like a deep-fried turkey. If you want to join the fad, take heed first—deep fried turkeys are the cause of thousands of home fires around the US every year. Avoid an accident with a little research and take the following tips to heart!

Prepping the Turkey and the Fryer

The fryer needs to be at least 10 feet away from the house and should be placed on the flattest surface you can find. Never fry a turkey on an incline.

Ensure the turkey is completely thawed and then thoroughly dried. It takes about 24 hours to thaw a turkey for every 4 pounds, so you’ll need to give yourself plenty of time. If there’s any water in the turkey at all, it will expand and cause the scalding hot oil to spill over onto the burner and start a fire.

Keep a fire extinguisher on hand at all times in case of a fire. Remember—you cannot put out an oil fire with water!

Frying the Turkey

You will not be able to leave the turkey while it’s frying (it takes about 3 minutes per pound.) Be vigilant about children or dogs going anywhere near the fryer, and appoint another (sober!) adult to keep an eye on them.

Use a fryer with a thermostat or buy one of your own, and ensure the temperature doesn’t climb higher than it should (it’s normally 350° for a vegetable-based oil.)

Finally, be careful touching the fryer as the lid and sides can become extremely hot and cause severe burns.

Synergy Insurance Group wants you to get the fabled crisp skin and delectably tender meat that deep frying a turkey can bring, we just want you to do so safely! Serving our customers is our priority and protecting you is what we do best. If you have questions about coverage, contact Synergy Insurance today to speak directly with an agent. Happy Holidays and stay safe out there!

homeowners insuranceThe holidays can be stressful, and insurance coverage is probably the last thing on your mind during the hustle and bustle. Our Home Insurance Claims eBook is your one-stop guide to what exactly is and is not covered with your homeowners insurance policy. We know family time can get a little crazy, so rest assured we’ve got you covered.


Is Your Business Protected with Commercial General Liability Coverage?

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Halloween is typically a happy and harmless holiday. Unfortunately, it does mark the beginning of a lengthy holiday season when businesses see an increase to property damage including theft and vandalism. It’s a good time of year to take a second look at your insurance policy and make sure it protects your small business with comprehensive coverage. The first line of defense against common damages is to invest in a strong offense with commercial general liability insurance.

Benefits of Commercial General Liability Coverage

Running a small business comes with inherent risks. It’s important to prepare for potential future damages to your business by getting the coverage you need now. General liability insurance is the easiest and smartest way to safeguard your business against property damage and lawsuits/claims.

Commercial general liability insurance covers a wide range of situations, so you won’t need to pay for damages out-of-pocket, or even worse—shut down operations until you come up with the funds. In addition to defending against the threat of Halloween pranksters, this insurance option also covers:

  • The cost of medical bills if someone is injured on your property.
  • Repair or replacement costs if property damage is caused by yourself or an employee.
  • Legal costs or settlement costs associated with a lawsuit where you or the company is sued for damages.
  • Damages caused to a rental property, for those who rent their buildings.

During the holidays, thefts and vandalism rise across the US. Crimes peak in December, but a fair share of pranksters come out in full force at Halloween too. With easy availability of masks and costumes during Halloween, it makes sense that petty criminals target local businesses. Investing in proper security not only protects your business, a comprehensive insurance policy will also give you peace of mind.

Keep Your Business Safe from the Ghouls This Halloween

storm prepDon’t let vandals get the best of you this Halloween. With better insurance protection you can guarantee this year’s celebrations are safe and happy. Interested in learning more about how commercial general liability coverage can help your business? Visit us at Synergy Insurance Group online today to get a free quote or to speak with an agent.

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