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Government warns of dangerously hot playground equipment

Slides at Buckner Park Friday afternoon all read more than 100 degrees.

Posted: Jul 19, 2019 9:52 PM
Updated: Jul 19, 2019 10:25 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - The National Weather Service issued an extreme heat advisory for northeast Indiana this weekend as the "feels like" temperature reaches more than 100 degrees.

The temperature on playground equipment gets even hotter. Slides at Buckner Park Friday afternoon all read more than 100 degrees.

"We are forced to be out. Being inside all the time, they can't take it," said Veronica Barazi, who was one of many parents with their kids at Buckner Park Friday.

Most of the kids at the park were playing in the splash pad, occasionally a few would go play on the playground.

Parents like Lyndsy Porter said their kids were taking their own precautions.

"You've got to keep your shorts wet, and your sandals wet and keep them on. They are also being creative and they are dumping water down the slide and on the playground," she said.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a warning to parents to be mindful of how hot playground equipment can get.

It's not just the metal slides, plastic equipment gets hot enough to cause burns.

Barazi said that's something they don't normally think about.

"Since the equipment is plastic, I kind of expected they'd be able to run on it, so that is a little of a disappointment," said Barazi.

The CPCS said the things you should really look out is for those things children sit on, such as slides and swings.

"Honestly, If it wasn't for the splash pad, I don't think we would be able to play on the equipment," said Porter.

The CPSC says the best way to test if playground equipment is too hot for your child is to simply put your hand on. If it is too hot for then is more likely to be too hot for your child.

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