Thanksgiving Day Fires Are Pretty Common — Here’s How to Avoid Them

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Thanksgiving is a time for football, family and fire. Yes, fire. According to the National Fire Protection Association home fires are three times as likely on thanksgiving than an average day. Here are a few tips for avoiding a fiery situation.

First, turkeys may take a long time to cook, but that doesn’t mean you should walk away from it while it bakes. Stay close by while it cooks and always hang out in the kitchen if something is cooking on the stove top.

Also, be cautious when heating cooking oil. If you have a grease fire simply cover it, turn off the heat and remove the pan. Never use water to put out a fiery oil pan. This will just spread the inferno.

Next, be careful what you wear while cooking. Baggy or loose clothing can easily catch fire. According to the NFPA clothing fires led to 18% of cooking equipment fire deaths.

Finally, never fry a frozen turkey. Plenty of videos on YouTube will show you just why. It’s like throwing water on a grease fire, but on a much larger scale.

So, this Thanksgiving celebrate family, friends and unity by not setting your house on fire.

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