WASHINGTON — Enjoy the Thanksgiving turkey but be careful while it’s in the oven or fryer.

That’s the message from local fire marshals and department officials, who say the holiday is responsible for more home fires involving cooking equipment than any other day of the year.

To avoid fires, stay in the kitchen while cooking and use a timer when baking or roasting. Cooks should wear short or tight-fitting sleeves to prevent clothes from catching fire.

When flames do erupt, they can often be quickly put out by turning off the heat while keeping the oven doors closed. If the fire persists, leave the house and call the fire department immediately.

If using a fryer, use it outdoors a safe distance from buildings and any other combustible materials. Never let children or pets near the fryer even if it is not in use, as the oil inside can remain dangerously hot hours after use.

For more tips on cooking a turkey safely in the oven, click here. For more tips on cooking a turkey safely in a fryer, click here.

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