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Risk for Home Fires High on Thanksgiving

Silver Cross Hospital Offers Tips to Celebrate Holiday Safely

New Lenox, IL (November 13, 2012)— More than double the amount of home fires occur on Thanksgiving Day than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year over 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day.

Even with the best plans, accidents can still happen. Thanksgiving is a popular time for cooking related burns. 

checco-daniel_news“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,” says Daniel Checco, D.O., Emergency Medicine physician at the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd 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 the following tips:

  • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking 
  • Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking 
  • Make sure all stoves, and ovens have been turned off when you leave the kitchen 
  • Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times 
  • Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents 
  • Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances 

And be prepared to protect yourself from a fire by keeping a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of emergency and know how to use it. Read the directions carefully before an actual emergency occurs. 

About the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center

The Free-Standing Emergency Care Center is located at 143rd St. and Bell Rd in Homer Glen and is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Center is staffed with Silver Cross Hospital’s board certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses. Patients can check ER wait times—if any at for both the Homer Glen Free-Standing Emergency Care Center as well as Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox. For more information, call (708) 364-6337. 

Located in the same building is the Silver Cross Health Center offers MRI, CT, X-ray, Ultrasound EKG and laboratory services. A physician’s order is required. To schedule an appointment for a test, call (815) 740-7076.  And there are several physician offices including a pediatrician, podiatrist, spine surgeon, urologists, cardiologists, and family practice physicians. For a referral to a physician at the Homer Glen medical center, call 1-888-660-HEAL or visit  

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895. Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for seven consecutive years; one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers and was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM byThe Leapfrog Group. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 289-bed acute care hospital and 10 satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices and recently opened a state-of-the-art replacement hospital on February 26, 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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