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Report: Thanksgiving Is The Biggest Day For Kitchen Fires
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on November 21, 2012 @ 7:19PM
Created on November 21, 2012 @ 5:56PM
According to a report Thanksgiving Day is the biggest day for kitchen fires.
That's why firefighters were trying to get the word out Wednesday so you don't become part of that statistic.
Starting as early as Wednesday night millions of folks across the country will spend hours slaving over a hot stove to prepare their Thanksgiving feast.
Mark Caravasos, the Chief of the Morgantown Fire Department, said a big trend is for folks to deep fry their turkey.
He said it's okay to do that, but folks need to be aware of how dangerous it can be.
Caravasos said the biggest piece of advice he could give was for folks to keep a watch on what they're cooking. That way if anything goes wrong you'll know about it.
If you're going to deep fry your turkey he advised that it would be smart to cook outside. He also said to keep it away from your house.
"The thing (to remember) is to have the proper precautions in place," Caravasos said. "Know what you're doing with the equipment and know how it operates. You're working with a large amount of oil that can burn people you need to be careful."
A few other tips include:
  • Avoid wearing baggy clothes - they tend to cause problems in the kitchen
  • Don't put potholders or anything on the stove
  • Pay attention to where your kids are at

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