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Fresno Fire Dept. Says November is Worst Month For Kitchen Fires

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FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) -

November is a busy month for cooks in the kitchen but according to the Fresno Fire Department its the worst time of the year for kitchen fires.

House fires are an every day occurrence in Fresno.   The Fresno Fire Department says one out every three of those fires starts in the kitchen.  

Fire spokesman Koby Johns says no kitchen should be without a fire extinguisher.  "That should be your first move is to go right for that extinguisher.   If you don't have one of those you can use a lid to cover the top of the pan and that will smother the fire.   It takes away all the oxygen and that will put it out."

Johns says baking soda also works.   There are two major no–no's when it comes to store fires.   He says never throw water or flour on a stove fire.  He says both only make the situation worse.  "It sends hot oil everywhere and it creates a red fireball in the kitchen itself and that's what usually burns people."

Deep fried turkey is always a holiday favorite.   Koby Johns says the cooking oil should never be heated above 400 degrees.  "If you heat it up to 900 degrees its way past it's ignition temperature and could be very flammable if it is exposed to any sort of direct flame."

November is supposed to be one of the happiest months of the year.  But statistics show it's also the most dangerous month for fires in the kitchen.   

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