Enjoying some well-deserved leisure time next to the sizzling flames of an open fire has been a South African tradition for decades, and it isn’t likely to die down any time soon. Lighting the fire is expected to lighten anyone’s mood. As South Africans, we tend to think about the prospect of having fun around the fire, but sometimes we forget that open fires, however well-tended to, can quickly turn into something severely dangerous.
Burns are more likely to occur near fire pits than you might be aware of. In South Africa, 18% of hospitalization is because of burns, with 10% of these burns resulting in the patient’s death. The most common cause of death for children under the age of 4 are thermal injuries. Burn injuries, therefore, remain a major public and urgent health problem in terms of mortality and long term physical and psychosocial disability – Burn care South Africa.
In spite of these statistics, landscapers claim that firepits are one of the most requested designs today – We agree that fire pits are a beautiful asset to your backyard. If you have children, however, it’s only natural to worry about their safety. In this blog we would like to ensure all the mommies and daddies that you can keep the kiddies safe and enjoy the benefits of your fire pit at the same time.
You might wonder how this is possible? Kids are active, keeping an eye on them all the time isn’t always possible, is it? You simply need to educate your little ones on the dangers of fire. Emphasise to them that fire pits aren’t something for them to play with. Teaching your kids to stay away from the oven in your kitchen is easy enough, making them aware of the fire pit outside shouldn’t be any more difficult.