The first day of summer is quickly approaching so you might find your self at the pool or at the playground, but have you ever thought about how hot the the equpitment can be?
News 15’s Leigha McNeil headed out to Girard Park to see just hot it can get.
“On two little toys and they were over 100 degrees, ” says Vaniza Tubbs.
Girard Park regulars were stunned. They had no idea how scorching the equipment really was
“Cause you know I don’t want them to be burned or hurt or anything like that.”
Even though playground equipment here is made of plastic instead of metal, when the sun is out the temps can still reach well into the 100’s.
“Thats pretty hot for a child to have to put up with just trying to play,” says local babysitter Laura Bares.
Though these temperatures are concerning Dr. Joey Barrios explains its not nearly hot enough to get second degree and third degree burns.
“We’ve seen it but its not very common but if somthings getting out to 180 or 200 or 250 or somthing like that, a shorter duration of time can result in a thermal injury, ” says Dr. Barrios.
He recommends that your child wear jeans instead of shorts and checking the equipment with the back of your hand.
“If it feels hot to their touch its going to be even hotter for a kids skin, maybe save thoes for early in the morning or late in the afternoon.”
Still, others plan to err on the side of caution.
“I dont think I will come back on a hot day like this, ” says Vaniza Tubbs.
“I think the park could definitely use more covering live a pavillion,” says local baby sitter Brittany Barras.
Dr. Barrios says if your child does get burned on the play ground, treat the burned area with the cool water to dissipate the heat. Then apply an anti-bacterial cream. However if the area does start to blister he recommends seeking medical attention.