Can playgrounds be dangerous for your child? According to some parents in Iowa, the answer would be “Yes.” For example, an 18-month-old Iowa girl suffered golf ball size blisters on her hands from second degree burns after going down a plastic slide. Another concerned Iowa parent claims he always checks the slides at playgrounds because the playground slides are either too slick, causing his child to slip off the slide, or too hot.
Although the temperature was 88 degrees on Memorial Day in Iowa, the surface of a slide in a Richmond playground reached a dangerous 157 degrees, definitely hot enough to burn skin. Early daytime or late evening use of slides is recommended due to lower temperatures during those periods.
If the weather is hot enough in Iowa to cause burns on playground slide, reason and science would dictate that Florida and other warm weather States would also have similar dangers on playgrounds at schools, homes, community centers, and other locations.
A child injury at a playground raises some interesting legal issues:
Who is responsible or liable to inspect and maintain safe playground equipment?
If a child is injured on a playground, who is liable for the child’s injuries? Or their medical bills?
A child injury lawyer can counsel you on such issues if you find yourself in such an unfortunate position.
While at a playground, parents, babysitters or any child care givers should keep an extra watchful eye on their children and their surroundings. It is an adult’s responsibility to check the slide before it comes into contact with the child’s skin. Observe whether or not a slide is in a shaded or non-shaded area.
For more on playground safety see >Slides at Playgrounds: An Unforeseen Playground Danger.