How to Prevent Slide Burns
Summertime is an excellent opportunity for kids to have fun and enjoy outdoor activities even if it’s as simple as an afternoon on the playground. However, it’s important to remember that some risks are associated with these activities, including burn injuries from equipment like playset slides. We will discuss how to prevent burn injuries in your children when they’re out on the playground.
1. Wear Protective Clothing on a Slide
First and foremost, your kids should wear protective clothing when going down a slide and climbing on the rest of the equipment. Instead of shorts and tank tops, consider long pants and shirts with sleeves. Children should also always wear closed-toe shoes, not only to prevent the risk of burned feet on both the ground surfaces and play equipment but to protect feet from getting stepped on by other kids as well.
2. Check the Playground Equipment Temperature
You might already check the playset slides and other playground equipment for any cracks or damages before allowing children to use them. With your hands, you should also test the temperature of the slides, swings, and climbing equipment to see if they’re too hot. Even if it seems like a mild day, the sun can cause temperatures to rise quickly on materials like rubber, metal and plastic.
3. Supervise Your Children Closely
Always supervise your children closely as they play, and make sure they know the risks associated with outdoor activities. When it comes to slides that can cause burns, remember that young children have thinner skin that burns easier. Furthermore, they do not react as quickly to hot surfaces by moving off the slide. They are more likely to start crying, and then you’ll know that something is wrong.
4. Find a Shaded Area
Possibly the best way to prevent burn injuries from the slides and other playground equipment is to try to get your child to only play in areas where there isn’t direct sunlight. Visit the playground early in the morning before it gets too warm or closer to sundown. If you can find a playground with a canopy or shade structure over it to shield kids and the equipment from the sun, that’s even better.
Treating a Burn From a Slide
A first- or second-degree burn will result in red, blistering skin. If your child is injured by a slide that’s too hot, run the affected area under cool water for at least five minutes, longer if the burn is more severe. Dry the area off and apply antibiotic ointment. Wrap the wound loosely in gauze, and be sure to contact your child’s pediatrician.
Stay Safe at the Playground on a Warm Day
Preventing burn injuries is possible while still enjoying summertime activities with your kid. In addition to looking out for hot playground equipment, protect yourself and your kids by applying sunscreen and drinking lots of water.