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WATCH: Unbearable heat on playground equipment

Posted: 4:27 AM, Jun 16, 2016
Updated: 2016-06-16 11:15:38-04

The start of summer means fun and trips to the park, but that trip can be dangerous.

As the air temperature rises, playground equipment can heat up 40 or 50 degrees warmer than the actual temperature when in direct sunlight.

This can cause second to third-degree burns in a matter of seconds in young children because the surface of the equipment retains the heat.

For example, even though the temperature may be between 80-83 degrees a slide can heat up to 124 degrees, a swing around 113 and the steps up to the play equipment around 116. 

In order to prevent burns from playground equipment use sunscreen. You may also want to avoid play time during the peak heat of the day, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

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