More than one month after falling into a broken-down fire pit at the Huntington City Beach, 6-year-old Seth Richardson is still at the surgical intensive-care unit at UCI's Regional Burn Center in Orange, California for treatment of the second- and third-degree burn injuries that he sustained on April 17. His family believes that the Huntington Beach injury accident wouldn't have happened if the city and the state of California had properly maintained the pit, which had one side that was completely missing and crumbled down to sand level.
Seth's father, Jason Richardson, says that they didn't even see the pit, which the boy fell backwards into while flying a kite. The burn injuries are from the small fire that was still lit in the pit. Jason also notes that there were no warning signs instructing beachgoers on how to properly extinguish a pit fire. According to the city, while the fire pits are cleaned out nightly, there is no staff available to supervise them during the day.
Seth is not the first person to get hurt in a fire pit. In 2009, a two-year-old sustained burn injuries after climbing into a fire pit that--per their Huntington Beach personal injury claim--was "almost totally submerged in the sand." 13-year-old Autumn Williams also sustained burn injuries when she tried to rescue him. That same year, another minor, 11-year-old Chad Kanow, sustained serious injuries during a Huntington Beach trip and fall accident into a fire pit that was "obscured with sand." The families of the three children are seeking Orange County, California burn injury damages.
Huntington Beach spokesperson Laurie Frymire says that broken pits do get replaced.
Beach fire pits can also be found in San Clemente, Newport Beach, Bolsa Chica, and Aliso Beach. The pits are a big draw for beachgoers that like to have barbecues. That said, it is important that fire pits are properly maintained and set up in the way so that no one can easily fall into them. Fires must be completely extinguished so that no one gets hurt.
Family: H.B. responsible for 6-year-old burned in fire pit, The OC Register, May 3, 2011
Pro golfer visits burned 6-year-old, The Press-Enterprise, April 28, 2011
Huntington Beach Personal Injury Claim Seeks Over $500,000 for 11-Year-Old's Burn Injuries from Trip and Fall Accident into Fire Pit, California Injury Lawyers, March 17, 2010
Related Web Resources:
City of Huntington Beach, California
Safety Tips for Fire Pits, About.com
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