Playground Safety

We're looking at more triple-digit temperatures, which means we all have to be extra careful and that includes places you might not necessarily think twice about.

These long summer days can turn playgrounds into a dangerous place for kids.

Zach Larsen is a parent of four small children that enjoy the outdoors and he said safety is number one.

"We show them how to check the slides to make sure that they're not too hot before they jump on the playground equipment," said Larsen. "We also make sure they have enough water so that they're hydrated so they can make good choices when on the playground."

"I always touch the slide to make sure they're not hot," said Adam Larsen, 5, Larsen's son.  

According to the the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 30 thermal burn incidents were reorted from 2001‐2008, keeping in mind that most incidents aren't reported.  

The comission also states younger children are more susceptible to burns because their skin is thinner and more delicate.

The SafeKids Benton-Franklin Coalition said you have to look out for all playground equipment.

"I think any playground equipment can get hot and people think it's only the metal equipment but actually the plastic equipment will absorb heat throughout the day and stay hot even after the sun goes down or if it's behind clouds," said Kathleen Clary-Cooke, SafeKids Coordinator. 

In order to report a burn or injury, you can contact parks and recreation, the CPSC or the manufacturer of the playground equipment.

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