Why your kids should ALWAYS wear shoes outside: Serious warning to parents taking their kids to the playground this summer
- Pediatric nurses have revealed why children should always wear shoes outside
- Nurses say children can suffer severe burns in seconds in the summer
- If the surface temperature is higher than 50C, it is too hot for children
Parents have been given a serious warning about the dangers of their children enjoying local playgrounds as summer approaches.
Pediatric nurses from CPR Kids shared disturbing images showing burns to the soles of a child’s feet after using play equipment without shoes.
The photo shows large, protruding blisters under the big and second toes.
Parents are warned of the dangers of their local playground as the mercury starts to rise – especially if they let their kids play without shoes – pictured healing burns
The nurses explained that a surface temperature of more than 50C can be dangerous for children.
They said that temperatures in playgrounds often rise well beyond that and on a summer day with an air temperature of 33C, the surface temperature of playground equipment can reach 105C.
“It’s not uncommon to see a parent in the park watching the slide set in the sun, only to find that it’s piping hot,” the CPR Kids team wrote.
‘A child is at risk of burns if a surface gets hotter than 50°C and if the skin is heated to 45°C for a long time. At surface temperatures above 50°C, sensitive young skin can be severely burned within seconds and may require surgery.’
In the post, the team of health professionals evaded other “heat-related” illnesses they would warn parents about the summer.
And people seemed to be listening, some sharing their own stories.
Another woman shared this photo of burns to her son’s foot after a day of fishing from the rocks, highlighting the importance of shoes everywhere, not just in playgrounds.
Surface temperatures in parks can rise quickly with rubber floors and artificial grass often exceeding 90°C – anything above 50° is considered too dangerous for children
“As a teenager I burned all the skin off my ass on a hot slide, talk about pain,” one woman wrote in the post.
While another explained that her children had similar blisters on their feet after playing on rocks near the water last summer.
“It’s like my feet when I played netball barefoot on the hot court in high school,” added a third, tagging her friend.
One mother said she always checks the metal part of a seat belt for the same reason before putting her children in the car.
While another said she is now checking the temperature of the water coming out of her hose after seeing a baby burned by scalding hot water.