With larger gatherings still discouraged and the traditional holiday cooking expected in more homes, the NFPA reminds everyone to cook safely.

Kitchen blazes occur all year-round, accounting for nearly 49% and on average, these fires see an increase around the months of November and December.

National Fire Protection Association Director of Public Education Andrea Vastis explains there are some simple tips when it comes to food preparation.

“Stay with your cooking, stay in the kitchen, and stand by your pan. We often say, keep an eye on what you fry, especially when you’re doing something on the stovetop. Keep a nice, heavy lid near you, so in case of flare-ups, you can slide that lid right over the pan to douse it and make sure that your cooking area is free from anything that can burn, like potholders and towels.”

She also suggestions keeping smaller children and pets at least three-feet away from the stove.

In case of an oven fire, the NFPA notes to turn off the heat and keep the door closed.

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