Open fires aren't just for campers anymore. And as more and more homeowners huddle beside backyard fire pits, it's important to be particularly cautious when small children are nearby.
Last Saturday, a 5-year-old girl from Demarest, New Jersey, was flown to a hospital with second-and third-degree burns to her face and arms after she tumbled into a fire pit at her home. Police said the child "accidentally tripped and fell into the fire pit" shortly before 4:30 p.m. She was taken by helicopter to the burn center at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Officials said she had been "stabilized" by emergency medical workers, but there has been no update on her condition.
Backyard fire pits have grown in popularity in recent years and are often used by families and at neighborhood gatherings for recreation and entertainment. Even with adult supervision - which must never be compromised - children should always be kept at a safe distance. Most everyone enjoys a relaxing campfire, whether at the campground or in the backyard. Don't let a good time turn to tragedy.