Fire departments across ENC give advice on how to avoid Thanksgiving kitchen fires

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With Thanksgiving just days away, fire departments across the east are preparing to answer calls for kitchen fires.

Even though some don’t see a spike in calls, the dangers still exist.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires all year.

Just last year, U.S. fire departments responded to over 1,500 cooking related fires in homes across the nation.

Top causes include unattended cooking or improper use of cooking equipment.

“A lot more gathering of folks in the house, there’s a lot more cooking going on in the house, there’s a lot more distractions,” said Deputy Chief Brock Davenport for Greenville Fire Rescue.

Things to keep in mind are to stay in the kitchen when something is in the oven.

Keep all kids away from any of the cooking and kitchen area.

Make sure all of your smoke alarms are working and have fresh batteries.

Lastly, the NFPA discourages the use of any kind of gas turkey fryer.

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