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Published November 29, 2012, 09:03 PM

Tips to prevent cooking fires

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Tis the season for holiday meals, plates full of sweet treats, and with all that cooking, comes kitchen fires. The State Fire Marshall say cooking is to blame for more than 50 percent of known fires in Minnesota.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Tis the season for holiday meals, plates full of sweet treats, and with all that cooking, comes kitchen fires. The State Fire Marshall say cooking is to blame for more than 50 percent of known fires in Minnesota.

It can happen in an instant. Preparing a family meal can go from looking like this, to this.

In 2008, people were forced to flee this building, after a grease fire spread into 18 apartments. Even worse is the story Emma Rose. In 2004, the elderly woman was preparing spaghetti for her husband, when a grease fire took her and her husbands life.

Even today, kitchen fires are a big focus for the Moorhead Fire Department, and for parents, like Kim Thompson.

Thompson: "I turn the handles on the stove, I make sure I'm constantly here."

Cooking-related fires racked up nearly 3 million dollars of damage last year Minnesota, killing one person, and injuring 25 people and 6 firefighters.

Duysen: "things get left in the oven, or the burner gets left on, something gets set on top of the stove, the burner gets turned on."

So some tips to stay safe:

-Watch meals in the oven.

-Don't set items on a glass-top stove.

-And you've got an extinguisher, know how to use it.

Duysen: " one of those incidences can be a deadly incident and we want to make sure we are not a statistic."

Perhaps the easiest way to stay safe, is to stay focused.

Thompson: " hey'll leave, go answer the phone, answer the door, they are cooking and the kids are screaming."

A move that could save your home from thousands of dollars in damage, and most importantly, your life.

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