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Some playground equipment hotter than 100 degrees

Some playground equipment hotter than 100 degrees
YAKIMA, Wash. -- We're back for another round of dodging the heat. Triple digits have sent the kids to the pool.

Park playgrounds can be another popular retreat. But, some equipment can be dangerous if it gets too hot.

Four-year-old Asher Laton looks around to see where to go next at the Franklin Park playground. But, some of this plastic material is no match for the sun.

"As long as he doesn't express that it's too hot for him, I'll let him play," said Asher’s Uncle Samuel Laton.

"I need to go up higher!" said Asher.

As Asher climbs, so can the temperature. In fact, most of this equipment was hotter than 100 degrees by early afternoon.

This tool shows how hot the playground equipment can get. The mulch here is about 130 degrees, these monkey bars are 114 degrees and the slide's 140 degrees.

Yakima firefighters say a child can easily get first degree burns on this slide if it touches exposed skin. It is something easy to overlook.

You can see the brighter spots on the thermal imaging camera. Those are hotter areas. That green dot in the middle pinpoints how hot the object is. The thermostat on the right shows the temperature.

Yakima's parks and recreation manager recommends hitting the playground in the morning or evening to avoid hot equipment. Something most families seem to be doing. On the other hand, the nearby pool was packed.

"You're definitely going to be a little bit warmer over here,” said Samuel. “There's no water so it's a lot better to be over in the pool."

Yakima's parks and recreation manager tells KIMA there have been no reports of kids being burned by playground equipment.
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