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Holidays busiest time of year for kitchen fires

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LA CROSSE, WI (WXOW)—Cooking is the leading cause of fires in homes each year and most of those fires happen during the holidays.

The biggest thing to do to prevent kitchen fires is to stay with whatever you're cooking, especially if its on the stove top.

If its in the oven, the fire department said make sure to check on it regularly.

If a fire does start in the kitchen, Lieutenant Kyle Soden said you should warn everyone in the house.

If its small enough, smother the fire with a tight fitting lid or cookie sheet.

If its too large to be put out in the pan, call 911.

Lt. Soden said the worst thing people do is move the pan which can cause the oil to splash out spreading the fire.

Lt. Soden said a kitchen fire can get really bad with in 7 minutes.

"When they go its not like a campfire or something like that, that starts small and builds when a cooking oil fire starts the whole pot goes up at once so you get that flame coming off," Lt. Soden said.

A few safety tips if you're planning on deep frying your turkey on Thursday:

Don't do it in your garage or on a deck.

Set everything up in the drive way away from anything flammable.

Make sure its completely thawed and dried off because any water can cause the oil to spill out of the pot.

Lower the turkey slowly into the pan so you don't splash any oil out.

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