With the summer weather here, more and more kids are going to be playing outside. And one of the best places for kids to safely play? Playgrounds, of course! A lot of kids have access to playgrounds, especially at school. In fact, elementary students have recess time in 73% of U.S. school districts, meaning there’s plenty of time for playing. But when the weather is hot, playgrounds can often cause harm to kids. So keep reading to learn more about how you can protect kids from getting hurt on playgrounds in the heat.
One of the easiest ways to ensure commercial playground equipment isn’t too hot for kids to use is to have an adult test it first. Even if the temperature is only in the 70s, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the outdoor playground equipment is that warm too — often, it’s much hotter. The plastic or metal on a themed playground in Texas can quickly reach high temperatures, possibly burning kids when they’re playing. Additionally, the surfacing materials around the playground equipment are something to keep in mind. If there is dark material, like asphalt, that can quickly get hot as well. So if kids are playing on playgrounds in the heat, they should always have shoes on and long pants if possible to prevent them from being exposed to the hot material. But overall, kids shouldn’t be playing on the hot equipment.
The Importance of Playground Design
If you’re designing custom playgrounds, it’s important to keep heat in mind. When choosing between materials, always choose materials that are less likely to get hot in the sun. Metal is generally not a good idea because it can get hot very easily and can rust easily too. It’s important to think about surfacing materials as well — these materials should offer cushioning in case someone falls but should also have the ability to keep a mild temperature. And when it comes to location, always choose shade whenever possible. While it’s nice to have the kids playing out in the sun, having at least some shade covering the playground equipment will help it remain cool.
Kids can easily get burned or hurt when playing on hot playground equipment. So if you supervise or are building a themed playground in Texas, make sure you’re keeping heat in mind and always checking the equipment before kids are allowed to play on it.