Doctors: Playgrounds hot enough to hurt
BATON ROUGE- With the heat index climbing into the triple digits, parents should beware. The playground equipment your child plays on can get really hot.
This afternoon News 2 put playground equipment to the test and used an infared thermometer to see just how hot it gets after baking in the sun all day.
At just 11:30 a.m., a plastic slide was about 158 degrees and the turf underneath the equipment about 172 degrees.
Doctors say toddlers are most vulnerable to hot playgrounds because their skin is so delicate.
"Last week there was a child in the PCIU with 2nd degree burns on the feet, a toddler, because he had been running around on the surface rubber tire material that got very hot," said Dr. Douglas Patterson .
Doctors say parents should take precautions by dressing their kids in closed-toe shoes and pants. Also even though the equipment might not be metal, rubber and plastic can burn you.
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