Risk of burns, injuries is higher on Thanksgiving


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – At Bro’s Cajun Cuisine in Nashville, staff can barely keep up with demand for the famous Cajun fried turkeys.

Bro’s owner, Darrell Breaux, says they’ve fried around 400 turkeys this Thanksgiving.

The demand might be a sign that many people enjoy eating fried turkeys on Thanksgiving, but they don’t want the risks of deep-frying the bird at home.

“Over the years, we hear a lot of stories from people. They try frying a turkey in their kitchen, it spills, catches on fire. Or their decks catch on fire,” said Breaux. “A lot of people go buy a frozen turkey, season it, and want to fry it. And when the ice on the frozen turkey hits that oil, that’s when you have a catastrophe.”

(Photo: WKRN)
(Photo: WKRN)

Because of those catastrophes, emergency rooms and burn units say there’s usually an uptick in patients around Thanksgiving.

Callie Thompson, M.D., a trauma and burn surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, said many of those patients are suffering from injuries related to cooking.

“We usually see quite a few patients in the days after Thanksgiving,” said Dr. Thompson.

Even without frying a turkey, there’s an added burn risk on holidays, especially for kids.

“I really recommend that children stay out of the kitchen as adults are cooking,” Dr. Thompson told WKRN. “When there’s hot things in the kitchen, there’s going to be a lot of adults that aren’t used to cooking around children, and a lot of children who aren’t used to those kitchens.”

Cooking is the leading cause of house fires in the United States. The number of fires typically increases significantly on Thanksgiving.

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