ORLANDO, Fla. -

The Kissimmee Fire Department encourages cooking safely to prevent fires during the holiday season.

The Kissimmee Fire Department would like to urge residents to prevent cooking fires by observing some basic cooking fire safety points. Refer to the safety tips here.

Tips include turning off the oven when leaving the kitchen, wearing short sleeves while cooking and keeping a stove top clear.

Cooking fires are the leading cause of residential fires in the City of Kissimmee as well as in many other jurisdictions, and the Fire Department hopes that families in Kissimmee and elsewhere can observe a festive holiday season unmarred with the devastating losses residential house fires bring.