- Associated Press - Thursday, November 26, 2015

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island officials are offering tips to help residents celebrate Thanksgiving safely.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency says Thanksgiving is the day with the most home-cooking fires.

It’s asking Rhode Islanders to stay near the stovetop while cooking, keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and test smoke alarms.

The agency says people should not wear loose-fitting clothing while cooking and it suggests being cautious when using turkey fryers.

To keep food-borne illnesses from ruining Thanksgiving dinner, the health department recommends cooking turkey and stuffing to 165 degrees Fahrenheit, and refrigerating perishable food within two hours.

Officials are also asking Rhode Islanders who are traveling to wear their seat belts and drive responsibly. State police are stepping up patrols through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

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