Firefighters warn cooks: Be careful on Thanksgiving

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign firefighters remind feast preparers to watch what they're doing on Thanksgiving.

A news release from fire department spokeswoman Dena Schumacher said Thanksgiving continues to be the leading day for home cooking fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Illinois was second only to Texas for the most fires on Thanksgiving, according to data for the past five years.

One leading cause of Thanksgiving fires in Illinois is the use of turkey deep fat fryers. While a popular method for cooking the turkey, these deep fat fryers continue to be a fire hazard when safety guidelines are not followed.

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