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Playgrounds, hoses can pose danger as Valley temperatures climb

Posted at 6:06 PM, Jun 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-13 00:43:25-04

Intense Arizona heat can make everyday backyard items dangerous to the touch.

Two years ago, a Valley mom shared her story and pictures of her baby, who was severely burned after being sprayed with a garden hose.

ABC15 tested how fast a hose can get hot on Tuesday. We left it full of water, on the rocks, for 15 minutes. When we turned it on, the first spurt of water was nearly 130 degrees.

"Anything that's 140 to 150 degrees can cause a second-degree burn in a second or less," said Dr. Kevin Foster with the Arizona Burn Center, which is part of the Maricopa Integrated Health System.  

Dr. Foster said garden hose water can reach 180 degrees on extremely hot days.

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Doctors say the most common burn injuries they see this time of year are on the soles of feet because people think they can make it barefoot across the pavement.  

ABC15 tested a concrete sidewalk Tuesday in Phoenix; it was 154 degrees.

Concrete, asphalt, and tile gets very, very hot," Dr. Foster said. 

"You should not let kids outside in their bare feet in the summer; you should have protective footwear."

Health and safety experts say it's also important to keep little ones off uncovered playground equipment.  

ABC15 found one slide with a surface temperature of 190 degrees Tuesday.

Dr. Foster said young children will "just assume it's safe, and oftentimes they don't have enough time to react to keep from getting injured."  

He recommends parents closely supervise their kids outside during the hot spell. If they do have a painful burn, seek medical attention immediately.