House fires are four-times more likely on Thanksgiving Day

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Fire officials say home cooks are four-times more likely to start a fire on Thanksgiving Day than any other day of the year. But there are ways to make sure your gathering goes smoothly.

The Frederick County, Maryland Fire and Rescue Services advise that before your event, check smoke alarms throughout your home to ensure they are in working order in the event of a fire.

And while in the kitchen, make sure kids are supervised, especially around the oven and stove.

When cooking really heats up, fire officials warn of potential stove-top fires.

“[Stove-top fires] are often caused by people having items laying around too close to the stove. So the biggest thing is that we clean up that clutter and make sure we don’t have anything anywhere in close proximity to a burner on a stove. The other thing is make sure we’re not wearing loose clothing,” explained Frederick County Battalion Chief and Fire Marshal, Kenny Poole.

Fire officials say to never leave any cooking unattended.

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