More than three times as many home kitchen and cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving as on any other typical day of the year. 

More than 2,000 home fires were reported on Thanksgiving 2016, and three quarters were cooking related, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Here are some safety tips from the Boardman Township Fire Department to help avoid having a fire spoil your holiday.

First of all, keep children away from what's cooking.

"You'd like to have about three feet around the stove or cooktop that you're going to have on, ovens too, to keep them away from.  Kids are really quick when they want to find something or come look at something," Cory Hinderliter of the Boardman Fire Department said. 

Distractions are a leading cause of cooking fires. Do not leave cooking food unattended.

"Cooking surfaces, stovetops, things like that. People can forget they have them on, and they can leave boiling foods unattended,"  said Hinderliter.

Remember to turn pot handles inward.

"Try to avoid having handles facing out, that makes it something easy to bump into or maybe knock over," he said.

Keeps lids handy to smother fires, don't use water.
"If you don't put something on it to smother it right away, then you might go from having the pan on fire to the pan and the wall on fire."

With oven fires,  Hinderliter says to turn off the heat and keep the oven closed, don't try to take the food out.
"That causes a bigger problem because now you've moved the fire from inside the oven where it's contained to somewhere else in the kitchen."

With turkey, deep fryers don't use them inside, on porches, or in the garage. And make sure the turkey is dry and not frozen.
"If you put a frozen turkey into oil that's ready to cook, you're going to have a very violent reaction,"  Hinderliter warned.

Depending on the size, your turkey may take a long time to cook, but firefighters say don't leave it unattended.

"We do not want you to leave the house and leave it in the stove because if something would happen, nobody is there."

 And never hesitate to call 911. "Call us immediately so we can get there because a fire doubles in size every sixty seconds,"

The U.S. Fire Association says that on average, Thanksgiving fires killed five people, injured twenty-five and caused $19 million in property loss from 2014 to 2016.