Hot weather makes for hotter playground equipment

Playground equipment can reach triple digits in the heat
(Kristi O'Connor/WBTV)
(Kristi O'Connor/WBTV)

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) - With temperatures nearing triple digits outside, we wondered how hot the equipment your children play on gets.

With an infrared thermometer, WBTV went to find out.

At about noon on Wednesday, one slide at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill was 151 degrees.

"I'll touch certain things and I know the slide right here is hot so he hasn't been allowed to go down this one," parent Ashley McKnight said.

Other slides at Manchester Meadows were in the 130 degree range and the monkey bars were roughly 116 degrees.

"They {her children} have said the slides are too hot to slide down so they'll stay off of them," parent Julie Kioroglo said.

The temperature of playground equipment is often an afterthought, until it's too late. Piedmont Medical Center EMS says to be on the lookout this time of year.

"I think we've seen it less often as more playgrounds have switched from metal to plastic, but it's still  something to think about," EMS Director Eric Morrison said. "If you start seeing blistering that's really a sign that you need to seek medical attention."

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