How to Stay Safe While Cooking This Holiday Season

CASPER, Wyo. Thanksgiving is done, but holiday cooking is just getting warmed up.

Traditionally, larger meals also bring a greater fire risk, which can start for a variety of reasons.

Firefighters say improper use is a big cause of holiday fires.

"A little bit of housekeeping could go a long way in preventing fires. We often see there are dripping from pans, little bits of burned up food in the oven and oil drippings that will catch on fire and flash really quick." Said Dane Andersen of the Casper Fire Department.

Another way to prevent holiday fires is to watch what we're cooking.

Firefighters say it has become common to not watch food while it's cooking.

Whether in the oven or on the stove, overcooking can lead to fires.

"So when you are cooking with a stove, make sure your food is always attended. If you have to leave it unattended, set a couple of reminders. Wrap a cord around your finger, but the modern equivalent is setting a reminder on your phone." Said Andersen.

Firefighters say watching your meals and having a plan in case of a fire is the best way to keep your holiday from going up in flames.

Check your fire extinguishers to make sure they are ready to go in case of an emergency.