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Kitchen Fires

In the mad dash to get Christmas dinner ready for family and friends, it's easy to overlook the oven mitt you left precariously close to the stovetop or the big, boiling-over pot of potatoes that's causing your burners to erupt into a full-on fire. The inherent stress and chaos of preparing holiday meals is probably why kitchen fires flare up even more than usual this time of year. Since most cooking fires involve the stovetop, keep anything that can catch fire away from it. And if you're simmering, baking, or roasting food, check on it regularly and use a timer to remind you that you're cooking.

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