Summer Safety: Burn risks outsidePosted: Updated:
Even in temperatures as cool as the 70's, kids can get serious burns. So when we enter triple-digits, the risk only gets bigger.
"Where I live so it's just nice. We don't have a pool. It's a good place to go. The lake's a bit of a drive. Kind of use this to our leisure," says Zacharia Tucker.
It's a place where Zach Tucker says his kids cannot get enough of.
"Oh yeah especially on the weekends, this place is flooded."
Yet, even a cool place like a splash pad or a pool, there's a hidden risk: the concrete.
"If your feet are wet, it may feel good at first., but then we'll often see kids, they kind of just stop, cause they're not quite sure what's happening and what it is is that their feet are getting too hot and they don't know how to respond, especially the little ones," says Tucker.
To protect those little toes, you should have a pair water shoes or flip-flops on hand.
Then, if you're at the park, be sure to check places like slides and swings. Plastic and rubber can heat up fast.
"Arms, stomaches, rears, it's a lot thinner skin. So if they're going down a slide or sitting on a swing, and not realizing that it's getting too hot, those burns can getting pretty deep pretty quick," says MSN/RN Burn program coordinator Sarah Fischer.
The best thing to do is to check spots by touch. Experts say kids skin can burn so much faster than adults... So what's warm to us may be hot to them.
If your kid does get hurt, it's important to take the right steps after. If you start seeing a blister... Cause by a flame or a hot surface... That's a second-degree burn, which can be vulnerable to infection if not treated correctly.