Motorists going to and fro need to always make sure their children, pets and any other passengers come with them when they're leaving the vehicle in a parking lot under the sun.
AKRON, Ohio - Brian Postma allowed his two daughters, ages 6 and 1, to play on the playground for a few minutes outside of Akron Children's Hospital on Thursday, but he knew he had to limit the fun under the sun.
"It's been absolutely tough. You see me sweating already. Both of the kids are flushed," Postma said.
The North Royalton dad was also aware of how hot surface temperatures can get on playground equipment. On a very warm day, slides, for example, can get as hot as 140 to 160 degrees.
"You definitely have to watch them, especially the slides. They're always hot," he said.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that even playground equipment made of plastics and rubbers have the potential to become hot enough to burn a child's skin.
Lisa Pardi, injury prevention coordinator at Akron Children's Hospital, agreed.
"It could definitely cause a superficial burn. What I would recommend to parents, if they'd like to cool it off... pour some water down there," Pardi said.
Pardi also emphasized the dangers of kids being left inside cars on hot days.
"So far, across the United States, 21 children have died as a result of heat stroke due to children being left in the car," she said.
She stressed that parents need to lock their cars doors so kids don't play or hide inside the vehicles.
She said the interior temperature of a car can rise 19 degrees in 10 minutes when the outside temperature is 80 degrees.
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Brian Postma allowed his two daughters to play on the playground for a few minutes outside of Akron Children's Hospital on Thursday, but he knew he had to limit the fun under the sun.
Extreme heat can push automobiles past their limits, much like the freezing winter weather can.
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Drivers need to keep close watch on their dashboard temperature gauge and warning lights to avoid serious problems.
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