Each year during Thanksgiving the number of residential fires double compared to the average day, and between Thanksgiving and Jan. 1, the number of fires increase, according to the Clayton Fire Company.

With the holidays upon us, cooking and baking increases in many homes.

However, as we run from place to place getting ready for the holiday, our minds are not always on safety when cooking.

Each year during Thanksgiving the number of residential fires double compared to the average day, and between Thanksgiving and Jan. 1, the number of fires increase, according to the Clayton Fire Company.

The members of the fire company ask everyone to take a moment to review these import holiday cooking tips to cut down on accidents:

If you are roasting a turkey in the oven set a timer so that during the parade or football game, you won't forget and overcook your bird.

If you are frying the turkey, please keep these safety tips in mind:

• Use a fryer with a thermostat to ensure the oil does not get too hot.

• Make sure your turkey is completely thawed. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.

• Do not overfill the pot with oil. Leave room for the turkey.

• Keep pets and children at least three feet away from the fryer.

• And never, never, never fry a turkey indoors. Outside is a must.

If you are cooking in the kitchen please stay in the kitchen while the stove is on, so if something happens you can get ahead of it. Here are other safety tips:

• Keep the area around the stove clear of paper towels, boxes, dish cloths or anything that can burn

• Clean up any spills

• Turn all pot handles toward the back of the stove to eliminate burns

• Keep the younger kids away from the stove

• Keep a large pan or baking sheet handy if a pot catches fire you can smother flames in a pot with it

Please make sure your smoke detector is working before you start a large holiday meal, do not take the battery out of the detector most detectors are hardwired into your electrical system so do not disconnect them either.

We the members of the Clayton Fire Company want to make sure you enjoy your holiday dinner so our members can enjoy theirs.

This message is brought to you by the men and ladies of the Clayton Fire Company, have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. More information can be found at https://www.usfa.fema.gov/