During the warm summer months, many families enjoy outdoor barbecues or barbecue pits at the beach. And, a blazing fire pit is a delightful comfort on cooler nights – unless the fire flares out of control.
Keeping your children out of harm’s way and out of the emergency room doesn’t have to be a difficult task. Every year, local hospitals treat dozens of children and adults who step or fall into what appears to be an extinguished fire pit.
The American Burn Association states that every year, approximately 1.1 million burn injuries occur in the United States that is severe enough to warrant medical attention.
As an adult, you can take some simple steps to reduce the risk of fire pit burn injuries:
- Never bury hot charcoals in the sand
- Sand-covered coals are a hidden hazard
- To safely extinguish coals, drench them in water, wait 5 minutes and drench them again
- Watch for embers rising
If burned, don’t put ice on the skin. It can cause damage, especially in children, since their skin is thinner than an adult’s. Carefully rinse the burn with cool water for about 10 minutes then cover it with a cool washcloth or towel.
Immediately take the victim to the nearest emergency room.
If you or a loved one has suffered from a burn injury as a result of another person’s negligence, please call the San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir | Tierney. While nothing can make up for the pain and suffering, we can work with you to obtain the fullest compensation allowed under the law.