Hot playgrounds may cause severe burns

Experts offer advice to prevent injuries

BLUFFDALE, Utah (ABC4 Utah) This week's heat wave could put your family at risk the next time they play outside, but not in the ways you might expect. 

At the Wardle Fields Park, hundreds of families cool off in the splash pad Monday. However, the adjacent playground isn't so refreshing.

"It's really really hot. I burned my feet on the pad. The sun really, really gets hot. It's just really hot," 12-year-old Tristen said.

Shredded rubber mats, metal equipment and slides can reach 160 degrees, hot enough to cause first, second and sometimes, even third degree burns. 

"It's really hot. I thought I was going to get bruises on my feet. It was really hot," 10-year-old Jack Martin said.

The Utah Department of Health urges anyone to avoid being outside during the hottest part of the day and, if possible, choose a playground with shade. 

The burnfoundation.org encourages parents to check the temperature of playground equipment and make sure kids wear shoes that cannot fall off while they're having fun. 

"I think the biggest reason why I have them wear shoes is because of the slip. I don't want them to slip and fall. I just keep water shoes on them for that," Amanda Nordquist said, mom of two.

"We are alternating being in the shade and going out and coming back," Emma Nordquist said, mom of one.


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