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Avoid a cooking fire this Thanksgiving with these safety tips

Posted at 5:18 PM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-26 17:18:18-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For those of you hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year, you want to make sure you cook safely.

When using ovens, grills and fryers, it's important to know how to keep you and your guests safe. One of the most common fires on Thanksgiving is a grease fire.

The Thomasville Fire Department has some helpful tips about how to put out a grease fire.

"Just cut the flame off on your cooker and call 911, well be there as fast as we can," said Marshall Green, the captain of the Thomasville Fire Department. "We don't want anyone getting burned or injured."

The Thomasville Fire Department also says you should make sure that you are away from your house and make sure your turkey is fully thawed before putting it in a deep fryer.

Here's some additional tips from FEMA to avoid dangerous cooking mishaps:

- Stand by your pan. If you leave the kitchen, turn the burner off

- Watch what you are cooking. Fires start when the heat is too high. If you see any smoke of the grease starts to boil, turn the burner off.

- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove. Then no one can bump them or pull them over

- Keep a pan lid of baking sheet nearby. Use it to cover the pan if it catches on fire. This will put out the fire.

- If you have a fire in your oven, turn it off. Let the contents cool before clearing.

- If you have a fire in your oven and the flames escape it, leave your home and call 911.