With Thanksgiving approaching, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York is reminding people to take precautions when cooking their holiday meal, especially when deep frying turkeys.
“It's the number one day for kitchen fires in the United States of America. There's over 1,700 kitchen fires alone on that one day,” said Capt. Joe Puleo of the Utica Fire Department.
Officials say to make sure to deep fry turkeys outside and away from homes or other buildings.
They also advise to use times when boiling, baking or roasting, and make sure someone is always tending to the kitchen. Children and pets should also be kept away from stoves and other cooking appliances.
In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it is also important to test all smoke detectors and make sure they are in working order and not in need of new batteries.