State Farm: Texas, Illinois, Ohio Top 3 States for Thanksgiving Cooking Fires

November 16, 2011

If you live in Texas, Illinois or Ohio, you’re more likely to experience a cooking fire on Thanksgiving Day than those in other states.

That’s according to claims data from Illinois-based State Farm Insurance. More cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year, State Farm notes. 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 increasing, more people than ever 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 Insurance claims data, the top 10 states for grease and cooking-related claims on Thanksgiving Day (2005-2010) are as follows:

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

Source: State Farm Insurance