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Five Ways to Protect Against Burn Injuries


A recent case involving a 15-year-old Fort Pierce girl who suffered serious burn injuries during a bonfire highlights the need for all of us to be aware of the importance of fire safety. Fire-related burns are among the most painful type of personal injuries. In addition to being potentially disfiguring, complications during recovery can prove life threatening.

Fort Pierce Burn Injury Victim on Road To Recovery

On December 31, 2017, a 15-year-old Fort Pierce resident was ringing in the new year at a party when she attempted to reignite a dwindling bonfire. The girl grabbed a gasoline can sitting nearby and proceeded to dump it on the embers. The gas can exploded, engulfing the girl in flames. She suffered major burns on over 95 percent of her body.

A July 30, 2018 report by the PCPalm reports that since that time, the girl has made dramatic process in recovery. After being placed in a medically induced coma, doctors began the work of carefully rebuilding the burned parts of her body, replacing areas of her own skin with that from a donated cadaver. She’s received an outpouring of support in the form of get-well postcards, flowers, and gifts from around the country, which her mother says have helped to lift her spirits. At first being brought out of the coma, she was unable to move or talk. Now she is holding entire conversations and is working on rolling over in bed. While she still has a long road ahead of her and will always carry the emotional and physical scars she suffered from the accident, she will eventually be able to begin rebuilding her life.

Protecting Yourself from Burn Injuries

The girl made a tragic error that many people do, which is underestimating how dangerous fires and flammable materials can be. Many of us have had close calls igniting a grill, fire pit, or handling hot liquids, where one wrong move could have resulted in serious injuries. Sadly, children are among those most at risk in these accidents, which often could have been prevented had the proper precautions been followed.

Healthy Children advises parents to take the steps needed to protect themselves and younger family members against serious burn injuries. These include:

  • Avoid leaving candles burning unattended;
  • Keep pot handles turned inward and do not wear flowing garments when cooking at a stove;
  • Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children;
  • Avoid keeping full gasoline cans in your garage or car;
  • Make sure you have fire alarms in your home, along with a fire extinguisher;
  • Leave fireworks to the professionals and stand clear of displays.
  • Remind yourself and your children of the importance of ‘stop, drop, and roll’ as a way of putting out flames.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III, the safety of your family is our top priority. In the event of accidents and injuries, contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney and request a consultation to see how we can help.


The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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