Heat Alert: How hot can playground equipment get?
New Yorkers are feeling the impact of the scorching temperatures, but here are some tips for those who brave the heat and take the kids to the playground.
The first thing at the playground is to check the temperature of the playground equipment as those temperatures can reach higher than 160 degrees.
Pediatricians say a child who touches something that's 120 degrees can get burned in minutes. They can get burned in seconds if it's hotter than 140 degrees.
A first-degree burn only affects the outer layer of skin and can be remedied by placing cold water on the area for 10-15 minutes to stop the burning.
A second-degree burn affects both the outer and underlying layer of skin, and officials say to see a doctor immediately if that happens.
The same goes for any burns that are 3 inches or more in diameter.