Thanksgiving Day Means Rise in House Fires

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With two days left to go before the Thanksgiving holiday, everyone's scrambling to find the perfect turkey. And while area residents are urged to be careful in their turkey selection, firefighters are hoping they use even more caution, preparing their birds.

"The biggest thing is being careless. Getting busy doing something else and forgetting that you're cooking something. You get busy and go to another room, and by the time you remember, it's too late," explained Marlee Boenig, of the Bowling Green Fire Department.

In fact, incidents like this one are so common that Thanksgiving has become the most likely day of the year for a cooking fire.

Boenig explains that preventing a disaster while preparing Thanksgiving's main course is a matter of common sense.

She cautions area residents not to put a frozen turkey into the hot oil of a deep fryer.

"They need to do it all outside, away from a deck and away from plastic furniture and anything like that. Do it away from anything that could be combustible," Boenig said.

But she also admits the majority of Thanksgiving dinners will be prepared indoors, a situation that presents a whole new set of dangers.

"They need to make sure if they're using any kind of grease, they need to make sure they've got a lid handy, to put over it in the case of a fire. If they don't have a lid, they can use baking soda or a fire extinguisher to put out that kind of fire," she added.

And in addition to being equipped with a fire extinguisher, Boenig is telling residents to keep a functioning fire alarm in their home. They're all helpful hints, to prevent an unnecessary call to 911 on Thanksgiving Day.

Boenig adds that another simple safety tip is to buy a kitchen timer.

She says these are especially important for people baking and broiling, as a better reminder than a smoke alarm, that food's cooking.

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