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Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The statistics are startling for Thanksgiving day cooking fires: 155,000 fires, 460 deaths, and 4,850 injuries, all from this one holiday.

Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins has offered up the following tips for the holidays:

Always be attentive in the kitchen.

Never leave food frying, grilling, or broiling unattended.

Turkey fryers always should be used outdoors at least 10 feet from buildings and any other material that can burn.

Make sure the fryers are used on a flat surface to reduce accidental tipping and never on wooden decks or in garages.

Never leave the fryer unattended.

Never let children or pets near the fryer when in use. Even after use, never allow children or pets near the turkey fryer. The oil inside the cooking pot can remain dangerously hot for hours after use.

To avoid oil spillover, do not overfill the fryer.

Make sure the turkey is completely thawed and be careful with marinades. Oil and water don't mix, and water causes oil to spill over, causing a fire or even an explosion hazard.


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