Hot playground equipment poses danger to children

Hot summer days have children wanting to play outside, but even something simple like the community playground can have its dangers.

Our partners at WPXI in Pittsburgh looked at how local playgrounds are impacted by the summer heat. When the air temperature is in the 80s, the metal and plastic playground can measure 30 to 50 degrees warmer than that.

If a child is burned by the equipment, it’s similar to a sunburn, according to doctors.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the playground can be the hottest. Playgrounds with trees nearby are also a good idea. A tree can keep the slide or swings out of direct sunlight and cooler all day long.

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