Thanksgiving is all about food and family – turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie and family time.
However, preparing holiday goodies can lead to disaster - the kitchen is the setting of more fires than any other room in the house, and cooking is the leading cause of fires in the home.
The American Red Cross has safety steps to use while preparing the Thanksgiving feast.
"Family chefs need to consider safety as the most important ingredient in their holiday cooking plans," said Tina Labellarte, Region CEO. "Following the Red Cross safety tips can help cooks avoid the type of unfortunate kitchen accident that can ruin this special time of year."
The cooks should start by not wearing loose clothing or dangling sleeves while cooking. Never leave cooking food unattended – stay in the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food.
If someone must leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, they should turn off the stove.