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Playground dangers due to heat

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Posted: Aug 24, 2011 6:55 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Aug 24, 2011 6:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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BAKER - The heat is on, and some surfaces you may not think twice about can be blisteringly hot.

Safety experts say any surface above 120 degrees can burn your child's skin, which can include any outside surfaces that get direct light like playground equipment and seats.

The Baker Fire Department allowed us to use a thermal-imaging camera to test several items today, most of which registered at dangerous levels.

A plastic slide? 127 degrees.

A swing seat? 149 degrees.

"132 in the shade," said Howard Ward with the Baker Fire Department. "Can you imagine if that was a metal seat?"

Even a whopping 181 degrees on the vinyl seats of a utility cart, which is comparable to what a go-kart or bike seat might feel like.

D'Anna Wells, the principal of Galilee Baptist Academy, said they considered that when locating their playground equipment.

"Anything that they would be touching or sitting on, we made sure it was located in the shade," Wells said.

Doctors have reported up to third-degree burns from hot outdoor surfaces, and say some burns can happen in as little as three seconds.

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