Playground Danger: Hot Slide Gives Toddler Second-Degree Burns


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Flick photo by laffy4k
An 18-month-old girl in Iowa got second-degree burns from doing something many children do every day -- sliding down a slide at her local park.

"I ran over there and she was on there for less than a minute and I went over and by the time I got over to her, she actually lost it and went down and that's how she got the burn on her stomach," a day-care provider who helped the girl told KCCI Des Moines.

The images in this video are graphic, showing the resulting golf-ball-sized blisters on her little hands and legs. Though doctors say she'll be OK, she will have some scarring.

It's shocking that something meant to be fun could do such damage. Even more surprising is that the slide wasn't even metal, it was plastic. The reporter in the video registered the slide's temperature at a scorching 163 degrees.

An important reminder as the sun heats up this summer -- always check any park equipment before your child gets on it!

Do you always check playground equipment to make sure it's safe for your child?

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ethan... ethans_momma06

I live in the South West where temperatures get up to 115. Checking playground equipment is SUCH a must and all it takes is five minutes. It's like parking the car in the sun- you have to check the belt buckles before burning the crap out of your kid (or yourself ) with them. That poor family, my heart goes out to them...

tonya... tonyalynn

i always check it before i let my kids play.

LoriA... LoriAnn87

I alwyays check and if it's too hot we play on something else.

sstepph sstepph

Yes, Always.

Julie... Julieryanevans

I live in Florida, so you would think I always would, but honestly, when tons of kids are running around and playing, and it's not super hot out, it sometimes just doesn't occur to me. It will now, though!

Bearsjen Bearsjen

yes I always check and good reminder ont he seat buckles, those things are red hot even just int he hot car(not the sun).

tazdvl tazdvl

I always check.

nonmember avatar r_earich

My 18mo daughter received 2nd degree burns on a neighborhood slide last year. Both of her sisters had gone down the dame slide, but they had on capris, and she had on shorts. It was about 3in x 1 1/2 in, now I check all equipment.

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