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5 Thanksgiving Day Fire Safety Tips

Approximately 2,000 Thanksgiving Day fires occur in U.S. homes each year, says the U.S. Fire Administration.

The kitchen is not only a place where many friends and family will gather tomorrow, but "it is also the setting of more fires than any other room in the house," according to the American Red Cross.

To help keep you and your family safe this Thanksgiving, the Red Cross gives these five simple tips:

  1. Make sure you have smoke detectors installed throughout the house and that all are functional.
  2. Be sure to keep a fire extinguisher handy in the kitchen.
  3. Use a pan that is deep enough to catch all drippings from the turkey so they do not drip into the oven and catch fire.
  4. Keep children out of the kitchen and establish "kid-free zones" near the stove.
  5. Do not leave food cooking unattended, and be sure that any flammable objects – including oven mitts, wooden spoons and food packaging – are kept far away from the stove and other heat sources.

Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving, Troy!

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