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Thanksgiving Day Also Busiest For Cooking Fires

If harnessing your inner chef this Thanksgiving is at the top of your holiday to-do list, make sure you don’t leave your cooking area unattended. Mary Eldridge, with Cal Fire’s Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, says the holiday is one the busiest days of the year for home cooking fires. But most of the problems are a result of deep-frying a turkey, instead of in the oven…

click to listen to Mary Eldridge

54-percent occur between 10am and 5pm. Eldridge says you need to minimize distractions that can come from family and friends and keep an eye on the kitchen. That also includes children…

click to listen to Mary Eldridge

Eldridge also says to not use water to put out a grease fire. Safer options include putting a lid over it, or using baking soda or even a wet towel. Regularly check on food that is simmering, baking, or roasting. And use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.

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