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Give thanks with fire safety

Staff Sgt. Austin M. May depicts a humorous take on turkey fryer safety during an edition of his "Air Force Blues" comic strip in 2008. Turkey fryers can be dangerous if safety tips are not followed.

Staff Sgt. Austin M. May depicts a humorous take on turkey fryer safety during an edition of his "Air Force Blues" comic strip. Turkey fryers can be dangerous if safety tips are not followed.

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- Home fires are devastating tragedies that claim lives and destroy property. It is always sad to hear of such a fire, but it seems even worse when it happens at a holiday time.  Thanksgiving is a time for sharing warmth, friendship and love and to be thankful for what we have. We at the Mountain Home AFB Fire Department want to remind you that even at such a joyful time, fire can strike and everyone should be especially aware of fire safety practices at Thanksgiving.

This holiday is one that revolves around the kitchen, which is the most likely place for a fire to start in your home. To prevent kitchen fires and burns, clean ovens before cooking in them. Built up grease can ignite when turkey drippings spill over. Do not cook overnight and never leave food cooking while you are in another room.

Keep a fire extinguisher handy. In case of a grease fire, remember to NEVER use water to extinguish a grease fire. If the fire is small, just cover the pan with a lid or a bigger pan. If the fire is in the oven simply close the door and turn the controls to the off position.

If a fire occurs, quickly call 911 and evacuate your residence.

Have a happy and fire safe Thanksgiving holiday.