According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the biggest day for home cooking fires. It's very important before we fall into our turkey coma to stay on alert to keep your house and your family safe. 

Here are a few simple tips for keeping your kitchen safe through the holidays:

1) Never leave the stove or oven unattended. One would think this would be common sense, but there is a reason it made the list. Fire fact: grease fires can start in seconds.

2) If you must leave home for even a short time, turn off the stove or oven. Every Thanksgiving it seems you forget some crucial ingredient for success. We all have to make the trips to the store, but make sure you leave the house safely.

3) Keep anything flammable at least three feet from the stove. This can include pot holders, dish towels, food wrappings, and so on.

4) Use back burners when possible and keep pot handles turned in. This will help avoid any burns or accidental fires.

5) If a fire occurs on the stove, smother it with a pan lid. Fire needs oxygen to burn, if you smother it fast, it won't have any oxygen to burn up.

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