Thanksgiving Kitchen Fires Could Ruin the Holiday

Tips to help keep your family safe and happy while preparing the main course.
3:00 | 11/27/13

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families across america will have their kitchen stoves working overtime tomorrow. So it's no surprise that three times as many cooking fires happen on thanksgiving. Here's linzie janis with tips on how to keep dinner and everything around it from going up in smoke. Reporter: Watch from the point of view of a firefighter just how dangerous a house fire can be. fires are the number one cause. Most often combustibles like clothing catching fire, cooking oil getting too hot, and pans left unattended. We've shown you before what not to do if it happens to you. Don't open the oven door if you see smoke. The oxygen will only ignite flames. Don't throw water on a fire. Water is heavier than the oil you cook with and will send flames shooting higher. And for that same reason, never throw frozen food into burning oil. So what can you do to put out a fire? Firefighters say have one of these nearby and know how to use it. As it turns out, many of us don't. We saw that first hand, too, when we put homeowners to the best. One woman fumbling with the pin for ten seconds, another standing too far from the blaze to put it out. If you have it in your house you should know how to use it like any other tool in your house. Reporter: Remember stand 8 feet from the flames and use the pass method. Pull, aim, squeeze. If you don't get results within the first ten seconds, get out and call 911. Very first thing you have to do, whether it's a pot on the stove or a small fire that you think you can handle is call 911. Reporter: Linzie janis, abc news, jersey city, new jersey.

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