Summer Heat! Playground Safety and A/C Units
SafePath July Newsletter
HOW CAN WE PREVENT OVERHEATING?
Stay hydrated throughout the day by drinking water steadily.
Avoid caffeine and alcohol which may cause us to
lose water more rapidly.
Take frequent breaks in the shade if you need to be outside for an extended period of time.
Wear loose fitting clothes, lightly colored and lightweight.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
It is important to be aware of your surroundings, especially during the summer months and as we spend more time outside.
AT SCHOOL: If you notice that someone is over heated or distressed, bring them inside and report it immediately to the school nurse for assessment.
ELSEWHERE: If you notice that someone is over heated or distressed, bring them to a cool place and seek medical assistance.
- Plastic slides can reach 160°F.
- Rubber cushioning reaches over 170°F.
- At just 140°F, a child can get a 2nd-degree burn in as little as 3 seconds. A 3rd-degree burn takes only 5 seconds.
- Staff need to be vigilant: go around and feel the playground equipment.
- Make sure children are covered with long pants if possible.
- Children also need to wear shoes that will not fall off to prevent burns on the bottom of their feet.