Hot playground equipment threatens kids' safety


School's out for summer, which means a lot of families will be headed to the park to enjoy their time off, but there may be some hidden dangers on the playground.

If you've ever gone to the park and touched the playground equipment, you know it can get scorching hot during the summer.

So, we took a temperature gun out to "Kid's Kingdom Park," in Redding to talk with parents about how hot the play areas can get.

One mother, Joy Holman was shocked to find out that the slide her kids were just playing near was more than 150 degrees.

"Wow, it's a little bit scary to know that it can be that hot," Holman said.

However, Holman also said she knows how important it is to be aware of the heat, especially when it comes to keeping her kids safe.

She said it all starts with the location and her family always starts at the Fantasy Fountain, next to Kid's Kingdom Park.

"I always send them to the water feature first. It cools their body temperature down. And then send them out to the park area. And I talk to them about the heat on the slides and how important it is to find areas that are shaded. Rather than the hot surfaces," Holman said.

Holman also said she had just helped a little girl, who's feet were burning on the hot ground.

"Her feet had started to burn because she was barefoot in the sun, on the soft pavement and then she cried so she sat down to try and fix it and she was maybe a year-old at most and when she sat down she only had her swimsuit on so her thighs, the bottom of her thighs, touched it as well so she cried more," Holman said.

Holman said she picked up the little girl and made sure she wasn't hurt, before explaining to the mother why her daughter was in pain.

Several playground safety tips include keeping shoes on kids at all times, keeping kids in shady parts of the park and teaching them to carefully touch the equipment with their hands, before sitting down on anything.

But, it might not always be enough.

We re-checked the slide's temperature an hour later and it had increased to 160 degrees.

According to the Burn Foundation, playground slides that reach 160 degrees or more can cause first, second and third degree burns.

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