CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Recent studies show that close to four times as many cooking fires happen on Thanksgiving Day than any other day.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration around 2,000 fires are reported to the U.S. Fire Department each year, and most of the fires are started in the kitchen.
"A lot of them cooking multiple things, people maybe haven't cooked all year and decide they're going to fix a big feast this year, so things get hectic, a little complacent about our safety rules and things happen, unfortunately," said Corpus Christi Fire Department Captain James Brown.
If individuals have a grease fire, they are told not to pour water on it but instead put a lid on the fire.
"Remember the fire triangle, fuel, heat oxygen, by putting lid removing oxygen, the fire will go out the same logic applies to an oven fire. Leave door closed turn oven off eventually fire will go out and also call 911," Brown said.
There can be a lot of distractions during the time individuals meet, but it is essential to pay attention in the kitchen. Stay in the kitchen when frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food and turn off the burners when you leave the kitchen.
If individuals do have to step out of the kitchen when simmering, baking or roasting, take a cooking tool with you like a spatula or a lid- - even a timer on your cell phone to remind you to check on your food.
When using a turkey fryer take all necessary safety precautions to protect yourself, your family, and your property.
Plug microwave ovens or other cooking appliances directly into an outlet and never use an extension cord for a cooking appliance as it can overload the circuit and cause a fire.
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