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Bonfires and burn advice

With summer quickly approaching, California beaches will soon host many bonfires. Bonfires are very common and a good way to end a nice day on the beach with family and friends.

Here's a tip for you beachgoers. Learn how to put the fire out properly. In many instances, the fire is put out by throwing sand on it. Unfortunately by doing this, you can cause a serious injury. By pouring sand on the fire, the visual danger of the fire may be masked, but the heat underneath is intensified. This type of fire can remain dangerous for more than 24 hours, especially to unsuspecting children.

Because the naked eye cannot detect that the pit is a smoldering accident waiting to happen, too many children are the victims of serious burn injuries. Medical Centers see many 2nd and 3rd degree victims each year. Ongoing burn treatment care is painful; some patients need to be sedated in order to be treated.

These injuries could have been prevented. If you choose to sit near a fire pit while on the beach, don't take any chances, especially if there are children with you - pout a bucket of water on it as soon as you get there. If you make a bonfire, pour water on it when you leave; the embers can remain hot and dangerous for a very long time.

Keep your family safe and keep the families that arrive after you just as safe.

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