Conroe Fire Department offers safety tips when cooking the Thanksgiving turkey

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Conroe Fire Officials remind everyone to stay in the kitchen when cooking the turkey and everything else on Thanksgiving.

“Cooking is the leading cause of home fires all year round, nationwide and in the city of Conroe, every year. On Thanksgiving, with the amount of cooking that’s going on, it’s really important to make sure that you stay in the kitchen with your food,” said Conroe Assistant Fire Chief Mike Legoudes Jr. “Whether you’re boiling, frying, broiling, any kind of cooking that’s going on, you have to stay with it.”

Legoudes said if you walk away or leave the kitchen, you need to turn the oven off.

“If something does catch on fire on the stove top, it’s best just to try and put the lid on it. If something catches fire in the oven, turn the oven off and don’t open the oven door,” said Legoudes.

Legoudes said when it comes to frying turkeys, it should be done outdoors, and away from decks; anything that’s flammable. Legoudes also advises not to walk away from it, and to keep small children and pets away from it.

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