CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- With Thanksgiving taking place Thursday, many people are trying out new recipes to impress their families this holiday.

However, with trying new things comes cooking mistakes and accidents in the kitchen.

The Charlottesville Fire Department offers some tips for cooking safely this holiday.

Thanksgiving is the leading day for home fires involving cooking equipment, with more than three times the average number on a regular day.

Cooktops account for three in every five reported home fires, nine percent of fires happen when someone was too close to the fire, and the biggest factor is unattended cooking. 

"The most common mistake cooking Thanksgiving dinner is going to be unattended, distracted cooking, walking away from the stovetop. Having too many people right there too close to the stovetop and just walking in the way and getting burned," said Battalion Chief Deputy Fire Marshall Joe Phillips. 

So, you can stay safe this holiday by staying alert and keeping an eye on your food, keeping children away from the stove, and making sure all smoke alarms are working in the house.

And if you’re deep frying your turkey to make it taste a little better, be aware of your surroundings, stay far away from your house, and keep in mind the amount of oil you’re putting in.  Turkeys must also be completely thawed before being put in a deep fryer.