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Hot Playground Equipment Could Burn Children

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Children are especially vulnerable in the scorching hot summer weather, so experts advice us to take precautions when we are outside with our kids.

We all know how hot equipment can get at playgrounds, especially older equipment. Metal slides, handrails and uncoated metals get the hottest, but plastic slides and steps are also culprits.

Sanford's child safety technician April Robideaux says adults should touch the equipment to see how it feels, keeping in mind that kids have more sensitive skin.

"For one, their skin is thinner and more delicate so that can pose a danger in itself, but secondly, because they don't have that instinct to move from a dangerous burn situation," Robideaux explains. "Even though a child might be standing on hot concrete or on a metal slide and crying they don't know to move themselves from that situation."

Children ages two and younger are the most vulnerable to heat. It is also a good idea to find a park with equipment that's partially shaded, so it's safer to use.

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