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Playground equipment reaches dangerous temperatures in high heat

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A popular summertime activity for kids can quickly turn into a nightmare for parents. When temperatures soar, playground equipment quickly heats up and can easily burn young children. And fire officials are warning you to watch out for the dangerous equipment.

Quincy firefighters were at Bob Mays Park to show just how hot playground equipment like slides get and the results were shocking.

Firefighter Jerry Smith with the Quincy Fire Department says you can receive burns on your skin at 110 degrees. Smith used a thermo-heat sensor to measure the temperature of playground equipment, and found that all of the equipment was well above the 110 degree mark. The most extreme was the safety mat that kids walk on topping off at 175 degrees.

"We have had calls in the past where the kids have been burned, again parents they sometimes just don't think of the equipment getting that hot, until after that happens, and we have seen the burns with the kids," Smith said.

Smith with the fire department says a good way to test the equipment yourself, is to place the back of your hand which is more sensitive to heat on the equipment. If it starts to feel hot after just a few seconds, it's not safe for your kids.

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