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      Sizzling slides can cause serious injuries

      During the summer time going to the playground might seem like a normal thing to do, but are you aware of the dangers that could happen to your child? One danger in particular is your child coming in contact with extremely hot equipment.

      / Franklin White

      During the summer time going to the playground might seem like a normal thing to do, but parents should always be aware of the dangers that could happen to your child at the playground.

      To most kids a playground is a land of fun and excitement, but to the untrained eye, there's a hidden danger.

      Pediatrician Dr. Craig Hughes with Southwest Georgia Pediatrics says, "you typically get a red burn to begin with but it will rapidly progress to swelling under the skin."

      Dr. Hughes adds, as the days get hotter, so does the equipment on the playground, which could harm your childs skin.

      "the darker something is the more it tends to trap that heat energy or the radiation energy," says Hughes.

      He says when your child comes in contact with the hot metal they could suffer from second degree burns.

      Dr. Hughes says, "if the kid sits on or jumps on and can't get off of something very quickly burns can happen very fast."

      Which could then lead to serious consequences.

      "And then big concern there is infection. Anytime you have a break in the skin there's a greater chance of infection," said Hughes

      For parents like Kenneth Cason he says he travels with a first aid kit because he's always prepared for the worst.

      "as an adult you have to supervise your kids. when i see them moving their hands around or moving their bodies around, then i pull them from the park," said Cason.

      Dr. Hughes says you can't always rely on your child to tell you if the equipment is too hot, and adds sometimes the only thing you can do is pay close attention.

      "If they withdraw their legs and hands very quickly and then you can touch before they do and you can get a pretty good sense for is this to hot to be on right now," said Hughes.

      Dr. Hughes says this type of injury happening is rare, but it's something you should still be aware of.

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