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Old July 27th, 2014, 01:37 PM   #1
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Neighbor boy was severely burned yesterday . Heres the back story - I live at the edge of a small town, surrounded by large expanses of farm fields, irrigation ditches and woodlands. It's not uncommon to see a truck in the driveway or an atv zip down the side of the road.
Most of my neighbors, including myself are blue collar workers, maintain our lawns & houses and keep the noise down to a minimum, except one neighbor a few houses down. This guy is your typical drunk, complete with uncut grass, couple broke down lawn mowers out in the lawn, nasty pill popping girlfriend and of coarse, the occasional fight out in the front yard. Local cops know this guy well, nobody talks to him and my kids aren't allowed anywhere near his property.
I was relaxing, watching tv yesterday after coming home from a car show when some body banged on my back door. They notified us that there was a fire in the field behind my shed and a little boy had been badly burned. I came out to a small grass fire that had already been extinguished and a burned up 9yr old boy being hosed off in my driveway by a neighbor lady. My wife was on the phone with a 911 operator. Poor kid was sporadicly burned from inner thigh up to his lower lip and hand. He was losing the skin off his belly and chest, the worst of his burns were on his right hand where he had deep skin loss.
The scene went from urgent yet orderly to panicky and chaotic when the drunks showed up to apologize and cry. All it did was scare the kid and piss us off ! A neighbor worked to treat the boy as I calmed him and made the drunks leave. Cops and EMS made reasonable time getting there, props to them for their efforts.
We have now learned this generally unsupervised boy, stole a lighter, an empty beer can and gas out of the drunks gas can that had been stored unsecured behind his house. Apparently, he and one of his 6 brothers were playing with the lighter and a beer can that he filled with gas when he caught himself on fire.
Upon reflection of yesterday's incident, I've learned a few things. 1) Keep a good first aide kit or field trauma kit ready. My small collection of band aides, burn ointment and antiseptic really wasn't up to the task. 2) Have an up to date extinguisher readily available to you. I have one but it wasn't readily available to me. Glad I didn't need it. Add this to the growing collection of threads on the importance of keeping a fire extinguisher.3) Lock up your gas and other flammables. Mine is usually in a locked shed away from my cutters, grinders, welders and most importantly curious kids. Admittedly, I could do better at keeping a lock on the shed at all times. 4) set boundaries for your kids as to where, with what and whom they play. This kid only has supervision when playing at mine and the next door neighbors house. Mom and dad were nowhere to be found, in fact, didn't meet the mom till yesterday's emergency.
My son was, thank God, nowhere near any of this because he knew to stay away from the the drunks house. I know this is a long post but I needed to blow off some frustration and hopefully help to prevent something like this from happening around your house. Usual banter and of coarse, safety tips welcome.

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Old July 27th, 2014, 01:55 PM   #2
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Neighbor boy was severely burned yesterday . Heres the back story - I live at the edge of a small town, surrounded by large expanses of farm fields, irrigation ditches and woodlands. It's not uncommon to see a truck in the driveway or an atv zip down the side of the road. Most of my neighbors, including myself are blue collar workers, maintain our lawns & houses and keep the noise down to a minimum, except one neighbor a few houses down.

This guy is your typical drunk, complete with uncut grass, couple broke down lawn mowers out in the lawn, nasty pill popping girlfriend and of coarse, the occasional fight out in the front yard. Local cops know this guy well, nobody talks to him and my kids aren't allowed anywhere near his property. Anyway, I was relaxing, watching tv yesterday after coming home from a car show when some body banged on my back door.

They notified us that there was a fire in the field behind my shed and a little boy had been badly burned. I came out to a small grass fire that had already been extinguished and a burned up 9yr old boy being hosed off in my driveway by a neighbor lady. My wife was on the phone with a 911 operator. Poor kid was sporadicly burned from inner thigh up to his lower lip and hand. He was losing the skin off his belly and chest, the worst of his burns were on his right hand where he had deep skin loss.

The scene went from urgent yet orderly to panicky and chaotic when the drunks showed up to apologize and cry. All it did was scare the kid and piss us off ! A neighbor worked to treat the boy as I calmed him and made the drunks leave. Cops and EMS made reasonable time getting there, props to them for their efforts. We have now learned this generally unsupervised boy, stole a lighter, an empty beer can and gas out of the drunks gas can that had been stored unsecured behind his house. Apparently, he and one of his 6 brothers were playing with the lighter and a beer can that he filled with gas when he caught himself on fire.

Upon reflection of yesterday's incident, I've learned a few things. 1) Keep a good first aide kit or field trauma kit ready. My small collection of band aides, burn ointment and antiseptic really wasn't up to the task. 2) Have an up to date extinguisher readily available to you. I have one but it wasn't readily available to me. Glad I didn't need it.

Add this to the growing collection of threads on the importance of keeping a fire extinguisher.3) Lock up your gas and other flammables. Mine is usually in a locked shed away from my cutters, grinders, welders and most importantly curious kids. Admittedly, I could do better at keeping a lock on the shed at all times. 4) set boundaries for your kids as to where, with what and whom they play.

This kid only has supervision when playing at mine and the next door neighbors house. Mom and dad were nowhere to be found, in fact, didn't meet the mom till yesterday's emergency. My son was, thank God, nowhere near any of this because he knew to stay away from the the drunks house. I know this is a long post but I needed to blow off some frustration and hopefully help to prevent something like this from happening around your house. Usual banter and of coarse, safety tips welcome.
Paragraphs, man! I had to do this so I could read it.

Really sucks about the boy, burns are the worst.
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Old July 27th, 2014, 01:57 PM   #3
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That sucks for that kid.
Kids will be kids though.
I played with fire too, but got lucky I guess.

I know what you're saying about the extinguisher and first aide kit.
My buddy pealed off the back of his hand yesterday with a 4" grinder.

My first aide kit I bought 3 years ago finally came into use lol
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:00 PM   #4
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Do not get a field med kit...with burns like that you would have made them worse.
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:07 PM   #5
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Do not get a field med kit...with burns like that you would have made them worse.

Yeah, we would have made it worse. My knowledge this kind of thing is limited but I'm pretty sure there isn't much more we could have done, except taze the drunk idiots (I kid, I kid). My field med kit comments were made with other injuries in mind.
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:08 PM   #6
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Paragraphs, man! I had to do this so I could read it.



Really sucks about the boy, burns are the worst.

You are right. Maybe next time, I will grant the forum some paragraphs. Ha ha ..
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:10 PM   #7
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After having severe burns on my face, chest, and arms from gasoline, I can truthfully say that is one of the worst pains I have ever felt in my entire life. Kudos to being standup and helping everyone out while the parents were off doing their own shit. The world needs more people willing to take responsibility. Glad to hear the kids alright.
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:17 PM   #9
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Sucks that it had to happen but I hope the kid learned his lesson.
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Glad to hear the kids alright.
Ummm......The OP's post with a lack of paragraphs is tough to read, but the OP clearly states belly and chest skin was falling off!

That kid isn't going to be alright for awhile.
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Bad burns cover with this http://www.amazon.com/QuikClot-Comba.../dp/B003N2VQV4
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Because of the quick clot?
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Old July 27th, 2014, 02:26 PM   #13
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Because of the quick clot?
Don't know why, when I went through combat medic school they said to use that stuff...I tend to agree with everything they said. They showed some examples where it was applied to bad burns and it gelled up protecting the area.
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Ummm......The OP's post with a lack of paragraphs is tough to read, but the OP clearly states belly and chest skin was falling off!

That kid isn't going to be alright for awhile.
The point I was getting at, it could have been a lot worse...
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Unfortunately, stupid breeds stupid. There was a long chain of stupid that ended up with a little kid in the burn ward. Time for CPS to get involved.

It's a tough way to learn a lesson, but I will be willing to bet that kid never plays with lighters again.
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CPS is an absolute waste of tax payer dollars and those aholes deserve to be in jail. I have found that they never substantiate real referrals yet constantly go after good people with bullshit claims...screw CPS.
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I don't lock up my gas. Don't play with it, don't get burned. Simple and effective.
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He'll grow up to be a firefighter, he'll be fine.
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I don't lock up my gas. Don't play with it, don't get burned. Simple and effective.
I lock up my gas and my guns too, but that's just me being an over protective parent I guess.
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I lock up my gas and my guns too, but that's just me being an over protective parent I guess.

I very much agree. I'm not really worried about my kids getting into this stuff as I am their friends, but then again kids do dumb stuff for no apparent reason. Better safe than sorry.
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