Fire officials give tips for safe holiday cooking

Officials say in 2021, an estimated 1,160 home cooking fires were reported to fire departments throughout the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day.

Nicole Alarcon Soares

Nov 14, 2023, 3:11 AM

Updated 198 days ago

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National Fire officials say Thanksgiving is the leading day of the year for home-cooking fires.
Officials say in 2021, an estimated 1,160 home cooking fires were reported to fire departments throughout the U.S. on Thanksgiving Day, a 297% increase over the daily average.
Here are some tips fire officials say to remember:
If you leave the kitchen while you're cooking, turn off the stove.
Keep things like oven mitts, wooden utensils, and towels out of the way.
Deep frying turkeys are extremely dangerous and not recommended.
If there is a fire, leave and call 911 when you're outside. 
Keep a lid nearby to smother small grease fires.


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