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Playground Equipment Clocking in Well Above 100 Degrees

Newschannel 6 is continuing coverage on heat dangers.

We showed you this week how hot playground surfaces can get in this heat and the findings were shocking. Playground equipment was clocking in well above 100 degrees.

Newschannel 6 used an infrared thermometer to check out how hot this playground equipment was. A metal slide reached temperatures of 161 degrees at about 2:30 in the afternoon.

These high temperatures can easily burn a child's skin. 

Summer camp leaders at Lucy Park tell Newschannel 6 they would never have imagined playground equipment  could get so hot.

But beside the dangerously hot metal surfaces, other dangers lurking in playground areas can also cause harm to your little ones.

If its to hot for you to rest a hand on for a few seconds, then its to hot for your child.

Nancy Handy, Chief Nursing Officer at Wilbarger General Hospital says, "It would be a good idea for all people who take their kids out to a play in the yard or swings, is put your own hand on the swing. If it is hot to you it is going to be hot for your child even through clothes."

Nancy handy also says dangerously hot playground surfaces can burn a child's skin.

Newschannel 6 tested playground surfaces with a heat gun and metal bars hit 130 degrees, a metal slide 161 degrees.

But it is not only metal equipment surfaces that you need to watch for it is the plastic surfaces too.

A swings rubber seat clocked in at 158 degrees.

Nancy also comments, "It is way too hot out there. It is just not only metal but plastic also. So even if it is a hard plastic you can get burned."

And burns are painful. They can lead to blisters or infection. Handy tells Newschannel 6 she has not seen any burn related to playground equipment so far this summer, but she has seen children treated for heat exhaustion.

Stephen Payne, Wichita Falls Camps Recreation Leader, tells me the kids at Sky's The Limit Camp at Lucy Park are always staying hydrated and try to stay off the hot playground areas.

Wilbarger General Hospital says heat exhaustion in children can lead to a rise in temperature over a few days. Their recommendation is to keep your young ones at home where it is cool and make sure they are drinking plenty of fluids.

 

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6 

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