Thanksgiving is the number one day for cooking fires in the U.S., according to the National Fire Protection Association.
MPB's Mark Rigsby talked to the experts to get some tips to keep your family safe.
For many, Thanksgiving Day is about family and food, but it's also known as the peak day for cooking fires.
Fire experts say the number of cooking fires more than doubles on turkey day.
Jim Pollard with American Medical Response says turkey fryers can be especially dangerous if not used properly.
He offers this advice.
Put the fryer outside on a level, non-flamable surface like concrete.
Don't overfill the fryer with oil.
And, don't put a wet or frozen turkey in the hot oil.
Tammy Peavy is the Fire Education Safety Officer at the State Fire Marshal's Office.
She says there were eleven structure fires in Mississippi, started by cooking, during the Thanksgiving holiday last year.
Peavy recommends keeping anything that could catch fire away from the stove.
And, keep a working fire extinguisher handy.
Mark Rigsby, MPB News.