Children can suffer horrible burns in seconds if they are outside without shoes in the summer
Why your kids should ALWAYS wear shoes outside: a serious warning for parents taking their kids to the playground this summer
- Pediatric nurses revealed why children should always wear shoes outside
- Nurses say children can get severe burns in seconds in summer
- If the surface temperature is over 50C, it is too hot for children
Parents have been given a stark warning about the dangers their children may have in enjoying local playgrounds as summer approaches.
Pediatric nurses from CPR Kids have shared disturbing footage that shows burns under a youngster’s feet after using playground equipment without shoes.
The photo shows large blisters burst under the big and second toe.
Parents are warned of dangers at their local playground as mercury begins to rise – especially if they let their children play without shoes – healing burns pictured
Nurses explained that a surface temperature of over 50 ° C can be dangerous for children.
They said that temperatures in playgrounds often rise well beyond this and on a summer day when the air temperature is 33 ° C, the surface temperature of playground equipment can reach 105 ° C.
“It’s not uncommon to see a parent at the park checking out the slide that is sitting in the sun, only to find it very hot,” the CPR Kids team wrote.
“A child is at risk of burns when an area exceeds 50 ° C and when the skin is heated to 45 ° C for an extended period. At surface temperatures above 50 ° C, young, sensitive skin can be severely burned within seconds and require surgery.
In the post, the team of medical professionals evaded other “heat-related” illnesses that they would alert parents to before the summer.
And people seemed to be listening, some sharing their own stories.
Another woman shared this photo of burns to her son’s feet after a day of rock fishing, highlighting the importance of shoes everywhere, not just in playgrounds
Surface temperatures in parks can rise quickly with rubber flooring and synthetic turf often measuring over 90 ° C – anything above 50 ° C is considered too dangerous for children
“As a teenager I burned all the skin on my buttocks on a hot blade, I’m talking about pain,” one woman wrote on the post.
Another explained that her children had similar blisters on their feet after playing on rocks near water last summer.
“Looks like my feet when I was playing netball in high school barefoot on the hot court,” a third added, tagging her friend.
A mom said she always checks the metal part of a seat belt before putting her kids in the car, for the same reason.
While another said she is now checking the temperature of the water coming out of her hose after seeing a baby scalded with hot water.