Keep safety in mind when cooking feast
From Submitted Reports November 21, 2012 11:16AM
Updated: December 23, 2012 6:09AM
NEW LENOX — More than double the amount of home fires occur on Thanksgiving than an average day, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Thanksgiving is a time for cooking-related burns.
“For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing,” said Dr. Daniel Checco, a physician at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen. “And for more severe burns, get to an emergency room immediately to seek the correct burn treatment to avoid infection and scarring.”
To help prevent home fires this Thanksgiving, the Red Cross suggests:
Keep potholders and food wrappers at least 3 feet away from heat sources while cooking.
Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves.
Make sure all stoves and ovens have been turned off when you leave the kitchen.
Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward.
Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen.