Heat danger lurking on playgrounds

With air temperatures reaching the 90s and above, scorching playground equipment can become a hazard for kids.

With air temperatures reaching the 90s and above, scorching playground equipment can become a hazard for kids. (7/17/13)

PASSAIC - With air temperatures reaching the 90s and above, scorching playground equipment can become a hazard for kids.

Pediatrician Michael Vacca has seen first- and second-degree burns from playgrounds. "The younger they are, the more tender their skin is and the easier it is for them to burn," Vacca says.

Many playgrounds are made primarily of plastic and rubber, but there are still metal components like bars and slides.

Parents should look for playgrounds that are shaded, experts say, and should test the equipment themselves before allowing children to play.

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