Stay safe this holiday season: Thanksgiving is the number 1 day for home cooking fires

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - When we think of Thanksgiving, we usually think of turkey, stuffing, football, game nights, curling up on the couch for movies ... all the warm, happy stuff.

But firefighters would also like people to think about the fact that it is the number one day of the year for home cooking fires.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, there are more than three times as many cooking fires on Thanksgiving as there are on any other typical day of the year. The association says leaving food cooking unattended accounts for a large number of these fires. Tragically, fires involving cooking equipment is the second-leading cause of home fire deaths. More information can be found here.

Don't be a statistic: the NFPA offers the following tips for staying safe while cooking that Thanksgiving dinner:

- Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
- Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
- Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
- Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
- Keep knives out of the reach of children.
- Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
- Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
- Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
- Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.