When the Playground Slide Reaches 122 Degrees

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When the playground slide reaches 122°F (50°C), schools don’t let their students play outside. The temperature the slide heats up to is enough to cause first-degree (and potentially second-degree) burns. In Los Angeles, schools are often the hottest areas in their general vicinity because they’re concrete jungles; instead of grass and trees, there’s asphalt and artificial shade structures. Aside from the lack of trees—which have been proven to lower surrounding temperatures drastically—the materials that playground builders love to use, like rubber mats and artificial grass, also get blazing hot. Read full article here

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