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#1 of 27 Old 07-22-2008, 10:44 AM - Thread Starter
 
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He started going down the slide and immediately began screaming," said Amy Ruzicka, Andrew's mother.

Andrew's skin started turning fire engine red and blistering. The Ruzicka's would later learn the plastic slide was at least 100 degrees.

They could not imagine the plastic playground equipment at Corondolet Park in St. Louis would cause severe burns, especially at 10:30 a.m. Doctors said Andrew suffered second-degree burns on all of his finger tips on both hands.
So don't forget to check the playground equipment! In fact I am avoiding playgrounds without shade. Its too hot and I have a 10 week old.

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Poor boy! Something similar, though not nearly as bad, happened to us about a week ago...were at the park and I was going down one of those spiral slides before my 2 yr. old - it was so hot I was yelling! Then I had to scream up for her to not go down, she would have been hysterical.

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I've always wondered why they don't shade playgrounds. They do get hot.
Poor boy.

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I've been burned by both plastic and metal slides. It hurts like no one's business.
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Yeah, after growing up in Texas, we always check the slides before letting DD go down. She knows "too hot" is not something to be taken lightly!

Remember when they had metal slides? Those things were deathly.

We have trouble finding shaded play grounds around here. I think it should be included in safety requirements, honestly. Kids do not need to be running around in full sun and climbing/sliding on equipment that can get so hot. Imagine your child to climb on a stove or fire place.
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Remember when they had metal slides?
Above concrete? Yes I do.
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Ouch! Poor kiddo!! Hope he heals fast.

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It's kinda odd they didn't check it, I thought it was common sense to check the slides in summer? I guess it depends on where you are maybe as some places are hotter now then they use to be. poor baby
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It's kinda odd they didn't check it, I thought it was common sense to check the slides in summer? I guess it depends on where you are maybe as some places are hotter now then they use to be. poor baby
It's never occurred to me to check a slide before using it, unless it's recently rained. I'm in a cooler climate, but as things heat up, I think I will try to remember that as part of the ritual.

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I remember going down those metal slides on hot days when I was in elementary school! Yeouch! Those plastic slides can get just as hot though, but it's not something I often think of when I take my kids to the park. This is a good wake-up call.

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I always check slides and swings! Don't for get the swings.
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I've always wondered why they don't shade playgrounds. They do get hot.
Poor boy.
I know. They just built a really nice playground near our house, but they tore down all the trees and built no shade areas. Dd loves slides but even in the mornings they are too hot to play on. The park I played on as a child had giant trees to shade the play areas.

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Dh and I were just wondering why there is no shade in the park anymore. It often gets to 100 here in the summer, and we always check the slides/swings/climbers. Learned the hard way to do it as kids
Anyway, our park has a few different play areas, but only 2 have shade... and they are busily removing a lot of the equiptment in those shady areas.
The only thing we can figure out is they don't want bird poo on the equiptment

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I always check the slides and my kids do, too. We have some nice shady parks nearby, too. There's a small play structure at our farmer's mkt that a group of parents recently raised money to cover with a shade sail. It's really nice. I think the parents raised half the money and the town kicked in the other half. I put some $$ in the drop box. The shade sail has made a world of difference.

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When my older ds was in preschool I walked him to the playground one morning and found the slide was covered with egg slime and there were tons of ants crawling on it. Some kids would run to the slide to be the first one down without a thought to look before they plopped down on their tushie and let go.

A while back I about this in the paper
http://wjz.com/local/Payton.Potochne....2.607880.html

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/52118.html
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Aw...poor baby.




We had a swing set in our back yard. My sisters and I used to get the garden hose out and let it flow down the slide.

You slide really fast down a metal slide when it is wet.

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Terrible for the poor baby and his family.

I don't get why the newspaper says "at least 100 degrees". That's not hot at all. People routinely run hotter FEVERS than that. Why even publish that number, that just looks stupid.
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I remember getting a burn from the metal slide, set on concrete, when I was a kid. Good times. My dd got a nasty elbow burn from a slide recently. I am pretty sure there are no shade trees to reduce insurance liability and damage to equipment.

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Poor baby I ALWAYS check the slides before the kids go down, no matter what it's like outside.
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We had a swing set in our back yard. My sisters and I used to get the garden hose out and let it flow down the slide.

You slide really fast down a metal slide when it is wet.
Heh! We used to slide down on wax paper making us fly off the end of the slide.
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When my older ds was in preschool I walked him to the playground one morning and found the slide was covered with egg slime and there were tons of ants crawling on it. Some kids would run to the slide to be the first one down without a thought to look before they plopped down on their tushie and let go.

A while back I about this in the paper
http://wjz.com/local/Payton.Potochne....2.607880.html

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/52118.html

Oh my, that is horrible!! 16 year olds should know better, i screamed at that attorney when he said his clients should get off, having been through so much already. That poor little baby isn't going to get off, he didn't get off when he had to have painful surgery after painful surgery. Common sense would dictate that putting dangerous chemicals on playground equipment would harm a child. I want to hurt those 16 year olds that did that, and yes I realize that isn't a very AP thing to do.

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I remember the metal slides above concrete. And the nice concrete patch below the jungle gym, and the one below the metal swings...

How could that EVER have seemed like a good idea?
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I remember the metal slides above concrete. And the nice concrete patch below the jungle gym, and the one below the metal swings...

How could that EVER have seemed like a good idea?
Yes, but at the same time we survived it.

I don't think we can injure proof our kids. I do wonder if that was part of the problem. People think plastic is safer than metal so don't think about it being HOT. They made a "safe" play ground with plastics in reality thay made a "safer" play ground with plastics.
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Yeah. We survived no carseats, too. I don't know; I know we can't injure-proof them, but we can attempt to avoid being willfully stupid, at least.
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When my older ds was in preschool I walked him to the playground one morning and found the slide was covered with egg slime and there were tons of ants crawling on it. Some kids would run to the slide to be the first one down without a thought to look before they plopped down on their tushie and let go.

A while back I about this in the paper
http://wjz.com/local/Payton.Potochne....2.607880.html

http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/52118.html
That really just makes me want to throw up
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Yeah. We survived no carseats, too. I don't know; I know we can't injure-proof them, but we can attempt to avoid being willfully stupid, at least.
Yes, I agree about being willfully stupid....but because something is safer like car seats and plastic slides doesn't mean you don't have to THINK. Play equipment out under the sun might be hot. Car seats not properly attached or a bunch of "stuff" floating around the car can void safer technology.
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Terrible for the poor baby and his family.

I don't get why the newspaper says "at least 100 degrees". That's not hot at all. People routinely run hotter FEVERS than that. Why even publish that number, that just looks stupid.
maybe they meant centigrade...
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