Thanksgiving and cooking fires: Here’s what you need to know to stay safe

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – By now the big bird is likely on everyone’s mine. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the perfect time to talk safety.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. In 2014, U.S. fire departments responded to nearly 2,000 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving, and unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.

The NFPA says there are steps you and your family can do to stay safe this holiday season. They recommend families stay in the kitchen when you are cooking so you can keep an eye on the food. Children can be a big distraction, so make sure you keep the floor clean and tidy so your kids don’t trip over any toys or electric cords that may be dangling from kitchen counter tops.

Always make sure your smoke alarms are working. You can test them by pushing the test button.

Turkey Fryers

When it comes to turkey fryers, we’ve all heard the cautionary tale, but many of us just can’t resist the results at the dinner table.

Turkey fryers use oil for cooking and can be extremely dangerous if the oil spills and contacts the flames. If you still love that fried turkey for the holidays, a safer alternative is an “oil-less” turkey fryer.