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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  Kitchens across southwest Georgia are busy places as families prepare holiday meals. If you're not careful, your Christmas feast could turn into a call to the fire department.

Nearly half the fires Albany Firefighters responded to this year have been kitchen fires. They often start when people accidentally leave their stove on or forget their cooking something. Firefighters say there are so many distractions this time of year, you have to make sure you stay focused in the kitchen.

"This time of year when you have a lot of family and friends coming over, there's a lot of distractions, just stay focused on what you're doing, hopefully when you're in the kitchen," said Albany Fire Assistant Chief Alan Cravey.

They suggest keeping paper products and towels away from the stove. If a pan catches fire, cover it with a lid immediately and turn off the burner. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby and never use the stove to heat your home.


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