Fire pits and ‘staycations’ keep kids’ burns on the rise

Long summer nights, fireflies, s’mores and outdoor fire pits. Who doesn’t enjoy these memorable signs of summer? Unfortunately, these joys of summer bring many potential accidents.

Campfires are the leading cause of children’s camping injuries, with burns accounting for 74 percent of injuries. Half of the children admitted to hospitals with burns are younger than 4.

As more families are having ‘staycations’ – spending their time off at home instead of going away on vacation – I’ve seen a rise in the number of fire pit-related burns. Kids are showing up at the emergency room and burn clinic in alarming numbers after falling into fire pits, touching metal lids of fire pits, inhaling smoke and flames, and burning feet and toes stepping on embers.

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