Cook carefully: Thanksgiving is the worst day of the year for home fires

Pay close attention while prepping your turkey, and exercise extreme care when setting up your holiday decorations. Statistically, you'll be playing with fire.

There are more in-home fires during the holiday season than at any other time of the year, according to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Thanksgiving is the single worst day for fires.

An estimated 2,090 home fires were reported to fire departments around the United States on Thanksgiving 2016, according to the association. That's more than twice the daily average for the rest of the year. Of the Thanksgiving fires, three-quarters were cooking-related.

On average, Thanksgiving fires killed five people, injured 25 and caused $19 million in property loss from 2014 to 2016, according to the U.S. Fire Administration.

Distractions are the main cause of cooking fires, said the NFPA's research manager for fire analysis, Marty Ahrens.

"One of the things on Thanksgiving is that you've got a lot more cooking going on and a lot more company coming over," Ahrens said. "It's so easy to get distracted."

But it's not just Thanksgiving Day. Reports of fires also rise on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and even Super Bowl Sunday.

Related: Grocery stores that will be open on Thanksgiving

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Acme

Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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Albertson's

Most stores will be open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Cub Foods

Most stores will remain open 24 hours.

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Fairway

Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.

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Food Lion

Stores will open at regular hours and close at 5 p.m.

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The Fresh Market

Stores will be open from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Hannaford

Some stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Harris Teeter

Stores will be open from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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H.E.B. 

Stores will be open from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Hy-Vee

Most stores will offer regular hours, with some stores closing early at 2 p.m.

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Kroger 

Most stores will remain open 24 hours, with some stores offering abbreviated hours from 6 a.m. - 1 p.m.

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Lucky Stores

Most stores will be open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Pavilions

Most stores will be open from 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Ralphs

Most stores will be open from 5 a.m. - 12 a.m.

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Rite-Aid 

Stores will be open, but hours will vary depending on location.

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Safeway 

Stores will be open, but hours will vary depending on location.

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Save Mart

Stores will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Shaw's

Many stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 12 a.m.

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ShopRite 

Most stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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Sprouts Farmers Market

Stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Stop & Shop

Stores will be open from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., with some locations closing at 3 p.m.

(AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Target 

Stores will open at 5 p.m.

(Photo by Michael Brochstein/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Vons 

Most stores will be open 6 a.m. - 7 p.m.

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Walmart 

Stores will be open regular hours. Stores in Maine, Rhode Island and Massachusetts will be closed.

(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Wegmans Food Markets 

Most stores will be open 6 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Whole Foods Market 

Most will open at 7 a.m. Some will close at 2 p.m.

(Dania Maxwell/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Winn-Dixie 

Most locations 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

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"When people are gathered, we want to talk to them. We want to get together with them, and we get pulled away from the kitchen," said Minnesota's state fire marshal, Bruce West. "It's so quick. A fire in the kitchen can happen in an instant."

Firefighters in Minnesota responded to 96 fires last Thanksgiving Day weekend, West said.

While most of them were cooking related, Christmas and New Year's fires tend to be caused by candles igniting decorations, Ahern said.

To stay safe during the holidays, experts suggest keeping combustible items like aprons and towels away from flames; installing, or checking, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; and paying attention while cooking.

"You could be frying bacon," West said. "You turn around and that grease starts on fire."

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