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Thanksgiving is a busy day for fire departments

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Fire safety for cooking is something experts talk about every year around Thanksgiving.

It may seem repetitive, but according to the National Fire Protection Association or NFPA cooking fires are four times more likely to happen on Thanksgiving. 

"I think a large part of it is we get distracted. We are having fun with family. We are visiting with relatives. We are in the other room watching football and or the kids get in the way in the kitchen," said veteran Cedar Falls Fire Captain Rob Inouye.

If you are frying a turkey do it outside and never put a frozen turkey in the boiling oil. However, NFPA discourages the use of deep fryers.

Captain Inouye says the best thing you can do to prevent fires this Thanksgiving is not to leave the kitchen unattended.

But if you do find yourself with a fire, stay calm.

When it comes to stovetop grease fires, "some people want to put baking soda, a wet rag, water on it; those are all bad. . . . make sure you have a cookie sheet somewhere near by and just slide it over it," said Inouye.

If you find the turkey catches fire in the oven, "don't open it. Keep it closed. Turn the oven off," said Inouye.

NFPA also recommends keeping children out of the kitchen during busy cooking times by having planned activities for them.

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