You might think you know it all when it comes to your kids and summer heat safety, but here are some hidden risks you mightn't have heard about...
We all know the basics when it comes to summer heat safety. Keep hydrated, never go out in the midday sun, and always make sure to protect your family’s skin from the sun. But recent reports have shown that there are more things than you may have thought to consider when the weather’s hot.
Three cases of serious burns to children have come to light thanks to concerned mums spreading the word on Facebook. And no, we’re not talking about sunburn.
The burns have all been caused by children coming into contact with materials that have become extremely hot in the sun. Both metal and plastic items conduct heat extremely quickly and are part of many everyday objects that you may not have thought of before.
We’ve outlined the things to be aware of when your kids are desperate to get outside and play, to help keep your little ones safe in the summer heat.
1. Car seat clips
Take mum Brittany Hall’s photos below. Her little girl Ellie was badly burned by the metal buckle on her car seat which, unaware to Brittany, had been heating up in their hot car.
The little girl sustained a second degree burn, and although she made a fuss when being placed in her seat, this was normal behaviour to Brittany and she didn’t become concerned until she removed her from the car seat later.
And as you can see from the amount of shares the mum’s post has had, it’s a serious concern to parents.
Image: Facebook/Brittany Hall
2. Metal surfaces
This isn’t the only worrying case of a toddler’s skin becoming blistered. The mum of this little boy, whose foot was badly burnt in hot weather, called for greater awareness of summer heat safety on Facebook.
Shantae Knorr explained that the injury, which caused a huge, sore blister to come up on the sole of the child’s foot, happened last year after her son Azariah stepped on the edge of a door frame which had been heated up by the sun, in bare feet.
Image: Facebook/Shantae Knorr
She said that despite being an ‘extremely cautious parent’ she ‘never thought this could happen’, in her post urging parents to keep their children in shoes, even when in your own garden.
Image: Facebook/Shantae Knorr
The post has already seen over 39,000 shares from concerned parents spreading the word.
3. Playground equipment
We all know that at the hint of sunshine, the kids will be dying to get down to the park, but beware of metal-based equipment that may have become hot in the sun, making it a serious summer heat safety hazard.
The chains and harnesses on swings, metal slides, tunnels and climbing frames may all have become extremely hot. And always make sure they’re wearing shoes when playing on apparatus like this – one of the most common injuries we’re seeing is burns to the sole of the foot.
One mum took to Facebook with this warning:
‘Dear people that have children or will be around children this summer, soon it will be hot. Super hot. I beg you, please don’t just throw your children on metal toys at playgrounds, aquatic centers, backyards or anywhere!’
‘They get hotter than we know and can seriously burn their tender skin. Plastic can get really hot too. Please, please, please check the toys your child is going to be playing on and remember if it’s hot to you, it’s hotter to them.’
‘Even though Maddy wasn’t burned on playground equipment, she was burned on metal I would have never thought about getting super hot. I don’t want to see any other littles burned like she was. You don’t want your child to go through something like this.’
We all want our children to enjoy the nice weather, so let’s implement the best summer heat safety measures possible to keep our little tikes safe!
See our basic first aid advice article for more help with treating common accidents like cuts, scrapes and allergic reactions.