Fire pits, whether on the beach or in your backyard, can be a fun place
for the family to gather. At the same time, parents should be aware that
they could also pose a serious risk of child injury.
In addition to making sure the fire pit in your own backyard is safe, parents
should also take care at local beaches. Many of the fire pits found along
California’s beaches are not properly maintained and could pose
a serious risk, the Orange County Register reports.
Most recently, a six-year-old boy was seriously injured when he fell into
an unmanned, yet still smoldering, fire pit while flying a kite at Huntington Beach.
According to the report, the University of California Irvine Regional Burn
Center treated 20 fire pit burn victims in 2006; 11 in 2007; 22 in 2008;
and 20 in 2009. Many of those injured were children.
To stay safe this summer, below are a few tips to prevent a fire pit injury.
•Do not bury coals with sand: it can keep the coals smoldering for
up to 24 hours.
•Treat a fire ring as you would a pool. It should be viewed as something
•Always assume there are hot coals at the bottom of a fire pit.
•Do not put ice on a burn; it can damage the skin, especially in children.
Run cold water over the burn for 10 minutes and cover it with a cool towel.
Take the victim to the nearest hospital for treatment.