Playgrounds can be dangerous in excessive heat

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – When its sunny outside playground equipment can be very dangerous and at times twice as hot as the outside temperature. Jessica Pinkham, a parent in Greenville, was at Elm Street park with her daughter today and noticed that some playground equipment was uncomfortable.

“Even the wooden bench over there, in the sun its really hot. It burned the back of my leg,” Pinkham said.

In certain temperatures playground equipment can reach up to 160 degrees, which is hot enough to cause second and third degree burns. To lessen the chances of your child getting burned use equipment that is in the shade, be aware of signs that the park puts up, and have your child wear close toed shoes.

Director of Parks and Recreation, Gary Fenton, says, “we ask parents to check things out before they jump on something or put their kids on something.”

Fenton advises parents to touch equipment before they let their children play. Metal is the most susceptible to heat but people should be cautious of all types of playground equipment. In Fenton’s eight years with parks and recreation he hasn’t heard of any serious child burns from playground equipment, but urges people to be cautious of the high temperatures.

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