Most of us know to lather kiddos up with sunscreen before stepping out into the summer sun, but the heat poses other dangers that we might not even think about. A little boy from
Texas is recovering after encountering one such danger that most of us wouldn’t even suspect — but it’s common on most playgrounds.
El Paso mom Veronica Cedillo says her son went down a slide at their local park and it was so hot it caused severe burns all over his back. She took him to the pediatrician, who told her the injury was serious enough that he should’ve been treated at the ER immediately after it happened. The craziest part? The slide wasn’t even metal. It was plastic!
The City of El Paso Parks and Recreation Director is now warning parents against taking kids to the park between 12 and 2 p.m. when the sun is at its peak and says to be aware that all equipment — even sidewalks — can pose a burn risk. Metal and concrete seem like obvious sites for injury, but most of us would be less wary of something made of plastic or rubber.