Columbus firefighters warn of Thanksgiving fire dangers

Thanksgiving is a day for family celebrations and grateful thoughts, but it also carries the potential for fire dangers.

Capt. Mike Wilson, spokesman for the Columbus Fire Department., says that statistically tomorrow brings the greatest chance for a kitchen fire, the most common type of residential fire. Frequently that is due to distractions, he said. Those can range from cell phone calls to football games or children underfoot in the kitchen.

Frying your Thanksgiving turkey is popular right now but that brings its own set of dangers..

Turkey fryers should never be used inside, including in a garage. When outdoors, Wilson said you should keep the fryer off of wooden decks and away from eaves or overhangs.

Wilson suggested that you make sure to have a non-water fire extinguisher on hand for your meal preparation safety. He wants to remind you to never try to extinguish a grease fire with water.

Columbus Fire Chief Andy Lay said this is a time of year when remembering basic fire safety will help keep your family safe.

Lay said that includes checking your smoke detectors, making sure they are working and making sure you have a family escape plan.