Transcript for Mother Addresses Fire Pit Safety Concern After Son's Injury
Test Text1 plain It's one of the joys of summer. After night falls and the temperatures drop sitting an the backyard fire pit. Roasting marshmallows making s'more but one mother is speaking out about what happened to her son in a tragic accident and Phillip Mena is here with advice. Reporter: Backyard fire pits are popular especially this time of year but can be extremely dangerous. If you're not careful about that festive fire, it can become a source of tragedy and happen in an instant. It takes seconds. Reporter: Danielle says one moment her 4-year-old son William was happily playing in his father's backyard. He tripped, fell into the fire. Reporter: His 6-year-old brother acted fast pulling William out of the fire pit by his pants but the damage was done. It's horrifying. 53% of his body is burnt. He doesn't look the same and he never will again. Reporter: According to the consumer products safety commission in 2014 mrrp more than 4,000 emergency room treated injuries associated with outdoor patio heaters or manufactured firepits. Earlier this year 21-month-old Mckayla halvorssen toppling into a smoldering fire severely burning her back and hand. Before that, a 7-year-old Washington boy's arms and face covered in burns after falling into his family's backyard pit. We spoke with James Mccready, director of the Toms river bureau of fire prevention about how to keep fire pits safe. We don't want them to fear the fire but respect the fire. Reporter: His first tip, location matters. Avoid dry brush or wood structures. Going to make sure it's located in a safe area. I would not set up on a deck. Reporter: If there are kids around, treat it like a swimming pool. I would make sure that myself or another family member is assigned to be -- to oversee the fire at all times. Reporter: Finally, make sure the fire is completely out at the end of the night. Stay away from the fire even though it's not burning because it does retain a lot of heat. Reporter: As every parent knows -- Kids are pretty quick. Be as close as you can when doing things especially with flame. Reporter: A few more important tips. Make sure you use a grate to cover the fire pit. Even better if it's elevated and keep your distance. You want to stay far enough away so that if you do trip it won't be into the pit. Dan, Paula. Always stay with your children or make sure that there's always somebody supervising. Phillip, great advice. Thank you. Coming up on "Good morning
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