Potential burn danger to children on playgrounds

Many people don't think about the potential danger that exists when temperatures rise.

A boy in Maryland was seriously burned when he stepped onto a black rubber mat at a playground with bare feet.

The mats are made of recycled tires and provide padding in case of a fall, but they can also absorb heat.

Some recent tests on playground equipment found a slide that reached 126 degrees. Tests on the blacktop showed temperatures of 132 degrees, and rubber padding reached 142 degrees.

Paramedics say human skin begins to burn at 124 degrees.

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