Make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen when preparing this year's Thanksgiving feast because it's better to be safe than sorry.

An estimated 2,100 residential building fires were reported to fire departments in the United States on Thanksgiving Day for each year from 2011 to 2013, and caused an estimated 10 deaths, 50 injuries and $28 million in property loss, according to the U.S. Fire Administration and data from the National Fire Incident Reporting System.

Just last year, residents of a duplex in Billings, Montana, were evacuated after a basement fire caused severe smoke damage. Across the country, a fire destroyed the home of a family of nine in Decatur, Georgia. A Thanksgiving Day house fire in North Port, Florida, engulfed a family home while a neighbor captured video of the smoke, flames and the fire department's response. 

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