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Tips to prevent fires during the holidays

  • The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)
  • Published Friday, Nov. 22, 2013, at 2:02 p.m.

The holiday season is a time to be on heightened alert to possible fire hazards. Here are some particular things to keep in mind.

For the turkey:

• Keep cooking oil at 350 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent combustion.

• Keep fryer on a flat surface.

• Keep propane-fired turkey fryers outdoors.

• Completely thaw turkeys before frying.

• Use extreme caution when placing and removing turkey from the fryer.

For the tree:

• Choose a tree with fresh, green needles.

• Keep the tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources such as candles or heat vents.

• Water the tree daily.

• Replace broken Christmas lights on the tree, and never use candles on the tree.

• Turn off Christmas tree lights before going to bed or leaving home.

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