Heat Wave Causes Scorching Temperatures on Playground Equipment

Heat Wave Causes Scorching Temperatures on Playground Equipment

The sun was shining at JAYCEE Park, but swings were still and slides were empty.

The sun was shining at JAYCEE Park, but swings were still and slides were empty.

"All of the playground structures and fun stuff is kind of off limits because it is really hot to touch and we want to make sure the kids aren't getting overheated," said Kimberly Lewis, Director of "Partners in Adventures."  

Summer campers expecting to enjoy the playground spent the day under the shade.

"We want to make sure our kids are getting plenty of fluids, have enough sunscreen on and are not really playing with stuff that is to hot for them," Lewis said.  

But just how hot was the playground? Taking an infrared thermometer to different equipment was shocking. One metal beam measured 120 degrees. One of the steps, 128 degrees. Even the wood chips. Almost 140 degrees.

"Shaded regions of the one of the plastic slides at the park reached temperatures in the mid-90's. Parts directly exposed to sunlight, neared 130 degrees."

"WOW! 130 degrees!"

This playground, made up of mostly plastic and metal, was just too much to bare on this sunny day.

"Plastic really retains heat just as much. It creates this kind of dome area and makes it so much hotter."

One summer camper has some good advice to those headed to local parks in extreme heat.

"I would highly suggest going to the pool."

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