Toddlers and school age children should be watched carefully during warm weather. Parents and sitters view playgrounds as a fun and entertaining place. So do most children. However, if not careful, toddlers and school age children can be subject to potential hazards and injuries including burns from the plastic slide and safety mat.
Unfortunately, an increased number of toddlers and school age children sustain burns while sliding down, swinging up or just hanging around playgrounds when the sun is beating down making some of the surfaces unbearably hot.
It only takes seconds for a child to sustain serious injuries when the sun is beating down on metal, plastic, or the surface temperature of a park’s slide. In addition, children can get overheated and dehydrated while playing in the sun.
Here are some general rules to follow when playing on a playground:
- Visit parks that have lots of shade,
- Touch test the playground equipment,
- Children should keep their shoes on while playing,
- If he playground does not have a water, fountain, bring your own water.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a playground accident, feel free to contact our office to discuss your rights. Click here for additional playground safety resource links and click here for playground safety brochures.