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What you need to know: Kitchen fires

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

It's a question that many don't consider until it's happening: if you had flames in your kitchen, would you know what to do?

Cooking fires are the number one cause of house fires in South Georgia, and they usually increase during the holidays.

That's why the Albany Fire Department is offering a fire extinguisher safety course.

The Albany Fire Department uses a training tool used to teach people how to use a fire extinguisher safely. Gas-fed flames inside a special building can be turned on and off by remote control. Sensors detect the extinguisher and turn the flames off, simulating the real thing.

Firefighters say the moment a fire breaks out in a home is not the time to start thinking about what to do.

Jennings said "When you have a fire you are going to panic," said Albany Fire Department Investigator Gwen Jennings. "You actually can't just pull this up and throw this in the fire. It's not going to work."

Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are the busiest time of year for firefighters dealing with cooking fires. So that's why firefighters want people to train to use fire extinguishers.

"you must pull the pin, aim the nozzle, and squeeze and sweep at the base of the fire," said Jennings.

Firefighters want everyone to know how to use a fire extinguisher, but they urge people to use it as a last resort.

"If you ever have a fire, life safety is the most important thing. So always get out and call the Fire Department," said Jennings.

Firefighters also remind everyone to make sure smoke detectors are in good working order.

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