Mum's warning after son's barbecue injury
PUBLISHED: 08:00 14 June 2012
A MUM has warned parents to be on their guard after her seven-year-old son was injured by barbecue coals during a family picnic on Weston's Royal Sands.
Walliscote Primary School pupil Josch Richardson was with mum Deborah and brother Reece when he trod on the hot coals, which had been buried only centimetres below the surface of the beach.
It was only thanks to older brother Reece’s quick-thinking that he escaped a serious injury to his foot, and Mrs Richardson has a stern message for people using the beach – be responsible and tidy up after yourselves.
After they had picked a spot to set up their picnic on June 4, Josch and 14-year-old sibling Reece, a Hans Price Academy student, rolled down one of the sand dunes.
Mrs Richardson said that she then heard her youngest son scream.
When she rushed to him, she saw that he had stood on hot coals, and his foot had started to blister.
With no toilets nearby and the tide out, Reece thought quickly and dug a deep hole in the sand to put his brother’s foot in, stopping the blisters from developing.
Mrs Richardson said: “Thanks to Reece’s quick thinking and the fact my boyfriend Scott came with first aid, Josch’s foot was OK.
“But it could have been a worse injury without that. Parents need to be careful when they’re taking their children to the beach, as I just didn’t think something like this would happen.
“All I ask is that if you are going to the beach to have a picnic or barbecue, please have fun, enjoy yourselves, but clean up after yourself. T4 On The Beach is coming up soon and the amount of rubbish left over is unbelievable.
“It’s not rocket science - keep our beaches clean, safe and tidy. Be responsible, not irresponsible.”