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Frying a turkey? Don't do it close to your house

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ABILENE, Texas - On Thanksgiving, Mr. James Nowlin has several turkeys smoking, yet unlike most Americans, he has a barbeque fire pit to slow cook them in safely.

Most Americans will be cooking on a stovetop oven and need to be mindful of the potential hazards in the kitchen. According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 4,000 fires are reported on Thanksgiving - it's the busiest day of the year for home fires.

"A lot of people think will just leave and say, 'I'm just going to check on something in the back room for just a couple seconds and I'll be right back.' Those couple seconds turn into 10, 15, 20 minutes and before you know it, something is burning," said J. Sanders with the Abilene Fire Department.

Sanders said people should keep these safety tips in mind: 1. If frying a turkey, keep the fryer outside and a good distance from any walls, and follow the instructions exactly as written. 2. Avoid dangling accessories or loose clothes around stovetop and oven 3. Ensure your smoke alarms are connected and working. After all, the safety of your loved ones is most important this holiday season.

"And good cooking," Nowlin said.

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