From NBC12 News
With many of us preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends, the Richmond Department of Fire and Emergency Services would like to remind everyone to be careful in the kitchen. Cooking fires are the number one cause of residential fires nationwide. Holiday cooking fires are especially common as many of us are trying to do too many things at once. The primary cause of cooking fires is unattended cooking. Never leave the room, even for "just a minute," while you are cooking. Most cooking fires start with the ignition of common household items (e.g., food or grease, cabinets, wall coverings, paper or plastic bags, curtains, etc.). Make sure that all combustible items remain away from heat and fire sources. Many people find alcohol makes them sleepy or causes them to make poor decisions, which can be a very dangerous combination while cooking.