It is important that playgrounds are properly maintained for children. New technology and advancements have been put in place to try and make playgrounds even safer for children; however, some products may present new risks.
New rubber playground surfaces are replacing concrete or mulch. These rubber surfaces are designed to cushion a child’s fall and reduce the chance for a serious injury. The surfaces are made to be more flexible and pliable; however, when it is hot outside, this rubber material can reach scorching temperatures. An investigation compared the temperatures of mulch to the temperatures of the rubber surfaces at playgrounds. The results showed that the mulch reached temperatures of 136 degrees while the rubber reached temperatures of 170 degrees. Individuals also stated that the hot rubber surfaces melted the bottoms of some thin sandals.
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When temperatures do rise, all playground equipment will become hot. It is important as a parent to use caution when heading to playgrounds during this weather. Make sure playground equipment is at an appropriate temperature before allowing children to use it. Teach your children to wear shoes at all times while at parks to avoid burning their feet on hot surfaces.
Recovering compensation after an injury from a defective product
It is very important that all aspects of the park are up to safety standards. All park equipment should meet safety codes and be inspected regularly. If your child was injured at a playground due to defective or neglected equipment, contact the personal injury attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 to see what your rights are.