LAS VEGAS (AP) — Officials are reminding cooks to be extra careful of fire danger as they prepare their Thanksgiving turkeys and all the trimmings.

Authorities say cooking accounts for 23 percent of home fires in Clark County, and is the leading cause of house fires in the U.S. The number of fires jumps on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Officials advise cooks to stay in the kitchen and avoid leaving food unattended. They also say to avoid cooking while tired or after drinking alcohol.

They say the best way to put out a grease fire is by smothering it or using a fire extinguisher on the flames. Throwing water on the fire can make things worse.

To put out an oven fire, turn off the oven and keeping the door closed.

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