The mother of a toddler who was badly burnt after falling into a fire pit, has spoken out about the harrowing accident to raise awareness of the dangers of extinguished fires.
In an emotional Facebook Live video a teary Shelley Le Blanc-Cormier of Edmonton, Canada, shared that her two-and-a-half-year old son Tristan had sustained second and third degree burns after the incident.
"This afternoon, my son fell into our fire pit ... we'd made a fire yesterday. There were no flames and it was just coils," she said, adding that 85 per cent of Tristan's left arm was burnt when he tripped and fell.
The family had been burning in the yard as part of a spring clean, extinguishing the fire 16 hours earlier.
"Now please," she said. "I don't care if you're burning a fire, or you're cooking marshmallows for your kids, or having a couple of drinks, whatever it is. We were literally cleaning our yard and my father was watching our son and he was running and he tripped and fell in the fire pit."
Urging parents to be vigilant,and to keep their kids close, Ms LeBlanc-Cormier, added "I don't want anyone to feel this pain that I'm feeling right now."
"So after 16 hours a lot of people don't know it's still a danger," she said.
"Because extinguishing a fire with sand only disguises the danger, campfire burn is a particular hazard for children," said lead author Dr John Fraser at the time.
"Campfire burns result in significant post-burn scarring, which requires recurrent expensive treatment as the child grows older.
"With camping a popular national pastime for Australians during the holidays, we advise parents to exercise particular care with campfires and kids.
"As a simple rule, use water not sand to put out your campfires," Dr Fraser said.