Burns: Classification and Treatment
Toddler Suffers Second-Degree Thermal Burns From Plastic Playground Slide
A day at the park is typically one filled with fun, but Stephanie Luker is warning parents of a hidden danger that left her daughter with second-degree burns.
The Idaho mother took her daughter Ariadne to a local park last Thursday. Everything was going fine until her daughter began complaining that her hands hurt after playing on the plastic slide. After seeing that her daughter's palms were red, Luker decided to take her home for the day.
"When I got home I was wiping her hand off to look at it and cleaning if off I saw that it had blistered up on her fingers," she explained in an interview with KETV Omaha.
She immediately called the doctor and found out that Ariadne was suffering from second-degree burns from the plastic on the slides.
"My daughter is red haired and fair skinned, so we have always been aware of sunburn, but not this," Luker said in a statement to GoodHousekeeping.com. "I see a lot of parents, myself included, just let kids go be kids and not worry about checking slides or other play equipment."
Lexie Sachs, a senior textiles analyst in the Good Housekeeping Institute Textiles, Paper & Plastic Lab says that plastic slides can get heated quickly, even when the outdoor temperatures aren't that high.
"While people anticipate metal to get hot in the sun, plastic can get hot enough to cause burns, too — especially darker colors, because they absorb more of the sun's wavelengths than lighter colors," she explained. "Even on days when the weather is mild, plastic can get heated by the sun and cause burns."
The Consumer Product Safety Commission add that children under the age of two burn easier. They suggest watching out for the following things on the playground to avoid thermal burns from equipment:
- Uncoated metal equipment, or metal equipment where the heat‐reducing coating has rubbed off.
- Slides, swings, or other equipment that a child may sit on
- Dark-colored plastics and rubbers, especially the surfacing under and around the playground equipment.
- Asphalt and concrete surfaces near playgrounds.
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