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Local fire officials warn people about Thanksgiving Day cooking fires


APPLETON, WI (WTAQ) - Thanksgiving Day is the number one day for cooking fires.

That's according to the National Fire Protection Association.

That Thursday in November, you're three times as likely as any normal day to have a cooking fire. And the most dangerous part is frying a turkey.

"You've got a lot of things going on, you've got high heat, a lot of oil and a lot of inexperience," Appleton Fire Department public information officer Scott Karpinski tells FOX 11. 

But the danger goes beyond the deep fryer. The U.S. Fire Administration says 2,000 fires happen on Thanksgiving Day each year and more than 90 percent of them start in the kitchen. The message? 

"Awareness, knowing what you are cooking and who you are cooking with and keeping kids out of the kitchen," said Karpinski. 

Fire prevention experts recommend staying in the kitchen when cooking. Regularly checking food left in the oven or on the stove top and keeping flammable items away from open flames. 

The U.S. Fire Administration says on average Thanksgiving Day fires cause five deaths, 25 injuries and more than $21 million in property losses across the country.