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Fire dangers: Turkey fryers, holiday cooking, lights inside and out.

How many strings of lights are too much? End the family arguments and hear the real guidelines.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — No one wants a house fire for Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it happens every year.

 Dee Shelton, Fire & Life Safety Educator for Greensboro Fire answered your questions about Christmas lights, space heaters, and more.

Already for 2020/2021year (which starts and ends on July 1), Greensboro Fire has had 97 structure fires, and 30 of those started in the kitchen due to cooking.

Turkey fryers are notorious for starting fires when users put a frozen turkey into the fryer or overfills the fryer. Never put a fryer in your garage (even if it is open) or a carport. 

Credit: Greensboro Fire

Smoke Alarms are a standard and yet Greensboro Fire estimates approximately 61.2% of homes “have” smoke alarms but that doesn't mean they actually work. Did you know there is a 10-year warranty on alarms? Yes, they do need to be replaced. 

Carbon Monoxide Alarms are a must if you have natural gas in your home. . Carbon Monoxide is silent, odorless, invisible, deadly. If folks are using fuel of any type in their home or have an attached garage, they need a CO alarm.