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Imperial Fire department shares cooking safety tips

News 11's Gianalla Ghiglino shows us how to avoid holiday disaster

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - Imperial Fire Department wants everyone to be safe and fed this Thanksgiving.

The National Fire protection association says unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in cooking fires and fire deaths.

“We advocate for people observing following instructions of proper cooking procedures, maintaining of extinguishers at home so they can effectively take care of fires,” said Juan Rodelo, Battalion Chief.

Rodelo also suggests making sure you turn your stove and fireplaces off never leave them on throughout the night.

“Carbon monoxide is one of the dangers its a byproduct of combustion and it’s gas you can’t see you can’t smell and it's a silent killer obviously,” said Rodelo.

Rodelo suggests setting timers to remind yourself to turn off fireplaces and ovens and never turn an oven on to keep a home warm. 

Working fire alarms are also very important in a home.

“We recommend in situations like that they monitor what they’re doing and they maintain the installation of fire alarms and smoke alarms or CO alarms as well.” 

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Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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