Avoiding kitchen mishaps on Thanksgiving

East Texas fire departments say they'll usually get a call about cooking fire.

As Thanksgiving is closing in, fire departments said they typically get more phone calls...mostly about cooking fires. Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May said house fires usually occur when a person leaves the kitchen unattended while food is cooking. 

According to a 2015 study by the National Fire Protection Association, fire departments have responded to more than 1,500 home cooking fires - mostly on Thanksgiving.

May said frying turkeys are the worst. 

"They're [people] still trying to fry them while frozen," May said. "Or they don't do a proper job of measuring how much oil they need in the pot before they start cooking." 

The Fire Marshal said people have tried frying turkeys indoors, which he said isn't safe. Fire experts suggested keeping the fryer at least 20 feet away from one's home. Fry on the grass, if possible. 

It is recommended people should keep a fire extinguisher nearby in case a fire starts. Those who are cooking should stay in the kitchen and frequently check on the food. 

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