Richland dad warns parents after daughter was burned on playground
RICHLAND, Wash. --From scorching slides to blistering monkey bars, playground equipment can get hot—especially after baking in the sun all day.
Aaron White takes his kids to their neighborhood park at least once a week. But three years ago the fun stopped when a hot slide burned his daughters back, leaving her badly blistered.
“Nobody plans for their child to get injured,” White said. “The best that we can do is know what the risks are and talk with other parents.”
Now he says he usually takes his little ones to play when the sun isn't as strong, or he brings a towel to act as a barrier.
“We cook the majority of our food to be 140 degrees,” White said. “We should not be cooking our children to 140 degrees.”
We checked the slide at Rodney Block Park which sits under the intense hot sun all day, and it tested at a whopping 150 degrees--too hot for young children.
The swings weren't much better either--a blistering 140 degrees on the heat gun. Even the sidewalks were likely too hot for your pet’s feet--110 degrees.
Those temperatures can be extremely dangerous, but it doesn't mean play time is over. Aaron still takes his kids out regularly despite the incident years ago.
“You risk having them get burned or otherwise injured,” he said. “But at the same time you want them to have a fulfilled childhood and have fun memories.”
Aaron is speaking out because he wants to warn other parents and encourage them to pay close attention to their playground equipment to keep kids safe.
“It's not likely that they'll remember all the times they get injured--only the fun that they had and the friends that they made.”
One thing to try is test the equipment with your hand for five seconds. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for your kids.