Hot playgrounds could lead to second-degree burns


COLUMBUS, Ohio - Summer is officially here and with that, temperatures will be climbing at an all-time high for the year. Not only will temperatures be in the 90's with heat indices flirting with 100 degrees over the weekend, but your favorite park may put your children at risk for second-degree burns.

According to the American Burn Association, if the surface of the equipment is 140 degrees it can take as little as three seconds to get a second-degree burn and five seconds for a third-degree burn.

We found that there were parts of the slides and swings in the playground at the Park of Roses that were around 140 degrees, but there were some spots with temperatures reading over 150 degrees.

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Parts of the playground that were covered by shade from nearby trees or clouds were significantly cooler, with temperatures under 90 degrees.

Along with the hot equipment, surface temperatures on the asphalt or concrete also had temperatures over 120 degrees, which is why it's always important that your children are wearing shoes.

A quick test to find out if the equipment is too hot for the kids is to simply place your hands, palm facing down, on the equipment. If it is too hot for your hand, it is more than likely going to be too hot for your kids.