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Summertime brings dangers to playgrounds

Hot playgrounds can leave children with serious burns in the summer heat. (Source: WALB) Hot playgrounds can leave children with serious burns in the summer heat. (Source: WALB)
Alberto Cruz nearly burn himself when he was at the playground with friends. (Source: WALB) Alberto Cruz nearly burn himself when he was at the playground with friends. (Source: WALB)
Some people choose to bring their kids to water activities. (Source: WALB) Some people choose to bring their kids to water activities. (Source: WALB)
The National Recreation and Park Association said that playground equipment can get up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. (Source: WALB) The National Recreation and Park Association said that playground equipment can get up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit. (Source: WALB)
The CPSC said parents should check the playground before their child plays. (Source: WALB) The CPSC said parents should check the playground before their child plays. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Temperatures inched closer to the hundreds this week and although school is out, some parents may take their kids to the playground.

Most people don't realize a trip to the playground could end with a doctors visit.

When the temperatures starts to rise, the amount of activities kids can do outdoors becomes limited.

And that's why Cynthia Bradshaw chose to take her little ones to somewhere that's a little bit cooler.

"The kids wanted to get wet so we decided to come here because it would be much cooler," said Bradshaw.

She doesn't have to worry about the kids getting burnt on the hot playground. It's something she didn't realize could happen.

"I hadn't even thought about it before," explained Bradshaw.

Alberto Cruz went to the playground on Tuesday to hang out with his friends, but he said that he had to be careful when climbing on the equipment.

"Things don't look hot. You walk up to something and say oh let's climb nice and then boom it's already super hot so you have to be really careful," said Cruz.

A Simple ride down the slide could mean a trip to the emergency room.

The National Recreation and Park Association said that playground equipment can get up to 130 degrees Fahrenheit, causing second degree burns.

The consumer product safety commission said that people should always check the equipment before their child gets on it.

It also suggested dressing children appropriately and making sure they always have shoes on.

"People should educate their children, you know it's hot stay away and don't touch with your hands," said Cruz.

The CPSC said that young children are the most at risk because their skin is more susceptible to burning, it's thinner and more delicate.

They also don't understand how to react and remove themselves from hot surfaces.

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