Firefighters Tweet Heartbreaking Photo to Warn Parents of This Summer Safety Issue

Firefighters in Las Vegas tweeted a photo of a burned 9-month-old baby to warn parents of a summer safety issue we might not automatically think of. They shared the photo of Arizona mom Dominique Woodger’s toddler son, saying:

Now I don’t live in Arizona or Las Vegas, but even here in Ohio with many many 90+ degree summer days, I can imagine that this summer safety warning is much-needed. I can say personally that I have never given a second thought to the temperature of the water inside my garden hose when I’ve turned it on for the sprinkler or the slip ‘n slide for my kiddos, but in many cases, just such a spray has had dire consequences.

Woodger’s story is told in this, telling them that the incident where her son received 2nd-degree burns over 30 [percent] of his body happened while she was filling a baby pool full of water for him to play in. As she began spraying the hose in the direction of the baby pool, very hot water came into contact with her son as he sat on the ground.

“It’s heartbreaking. It is. It sucks. All of it was peeling. He had blisters all over the right side,” Woodger told ABC 15 News. At first, she had no idea what was happening. “I thought he was crying because he was mad because he hates when he gets sprayed in the face. I didn’t think that it was burning him,” she said.

But soon the painful truth became all too clear. Happily, Woodger’s son recovered well from his injuries, but she wanted to share her story to bring this summer safety issue to the attention of all parents. Thanks to that tweet from the Las Vegas fire department using her son’s photo and story, parents such as myself who have never heard this warning or thought of this danger before are now being informed and educated.

Jenny Rapson
Jenny Rapson
Jenny is a follower of Christ, a wife and mom of three from Ohio and a freelance writer and editor.

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