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Nov 25, 2009 9:34 AM by Associated Press

SC fire marshal: Watch for holiday kitchen fires

Don't burn the Thanksgiving dinner, or the kitchen. That's the word from a fire marshal in South Carolina who says Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for firefighters battling kitchen blazes.

Irmo, S.C., Fire Marshal Jeff Allen says firefighters across the country respond to three times as many cooking fires on Thanksgiving as on an average day.

Allen says some simple tips can keep families safe. Someone should always be in the kitchen when frying, grilling, or broiling food, and cooks should check frequently on dishes that are boiling, roasting or baking.

Allen says people should also be ready to fight a small blaze by having pot lids nearby to smother a grease fire. But officials say if the fire begins to spread, 911 should be called and everyone should leave the home.

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