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CareFlight urges parents to be vigilant around campfires

RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter crew members are urging parents to be mindful of the dangers of campfires after airlifting two children in separate incidents over the last three days.

The Sunshine Coast crew flew to Cooran near Noosa today to airlift a toddler suffering suspected burns from coals leftover from an overnight campfire.

The toddler was taken to the Royal Childrens Hospital in a serious but stable condition.

On Sunday, the Gold Coast crew flew to Landcruiser Mountain Park (45km N.W. of Kilcoy) where a six year old girl fell and suffered burns to her upper legs.

It is believed the Brisbane-based campers were packing for the morning when the young girl fell into the hot coals of a campfire lit the night earlier.

A CareFlight spokesperson said in both cases, there were no flames and the coals were hot from the previous evening.

“Parents let down their guard after fires have been extinguished but they need to be extra cautious long after the flames and smoke have subsided.

“Coals can retain their heat for hours and can cause serious injury, especially to children who have less awareness of the dangers,” the spokesperson said.

One third of all missions RACQ CareFlight Rescue flies are primary missions requiring swift specialist attention.