Gulfport Fire Department offers holiday cooking safety tips

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Thanksgiving is a time to gather loved ones and enjoy a good meal. However, preparing that meal can be dangerous if you’re not careful.

That’s why the Gulfport Fire Department held a turkey cooking demonstration. Their goal was to show people what not do when frying a turkey.

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Fire Chief Mike Beyerstedt says Thanksgiving is the number one day of the year for house fires caused by cooking. “Follow the instructions if you’re going to deep fry a turkey. Make sure you’re outside in an area with nothing combustible around. Make sure your bird is thawed and dried out. Unattended cooking accounts for most fires so pay attention if you have something cooking.”

Chief Beyerstedt reminds everyone to call 911 immediately if anything goes wrong and to never put water on a grease fire.