(WSVN) - As the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaches, the National Fire Prevention Agency is reminding everyone of the dangers that turkey fryers present.

“Keeping fire safety top of mind in the kitchen during this joyous but hectic time is important, especially when there’s a lot of activity and people at home,” the agency said.

Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, followed by the day before the holiday and Christmas Day and Christmas Eve, according to the NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division.

In 2015, fire departments across the United States responded to an estimated 1,760 home cooking fires on Thanksgiving. The NFPA says unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in the fires.

The NFPA says cooking equipment, including turkey fryers, was involved in almost half of all reported home fires and home fire injuries, and it is the second leading cause of home fire deaths.

While the NFPA strongly discourages the use of turkey fryers, they did offer the following safety tips:

  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Stay in the home when cooking your turkey and check on it frequently.
  • Keep children away from the stove. The stove will be hot and kids should stay 3 feet away.
  • Make sure kids stay away from hot food and liquids. The steam or splash from vegetables, gravy or coffee could cause serious burns.
  • Keep the floor clear so you don’t trip over kids, toys, pocketbooks or bags.
  • Keep knives out of the reach of children.
  • Be sure electric cords from an electric knife, coffee maker, plate warmer or mixer are not dangling off the counter within easy reach of a child.
  • Keep matches and utility lighters out of the reach of children — up high in a locked cabinet.
  • Never leave children alone in room with a lit candle.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.

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