Staff Photo: Jonathan Phillips
Dashawn Brown takes a drink of water from the fountain in front of the nearly empty playground at Alexander Park on Friday. According to the National Weather Service temperatures will be in the mid- to upper 90s with the heat index pushing into the low 100s over the weekend.
Each year around 250,000 children get hurt on playground equipment.
Between 10 and 20 children die from these injuries.
Falls off playground equipment is the #1 cause of summertime injuries.
Health officials suggest parents evaluate playground equipment before each use.
"We have 3 certified playground inspectors which is an extensive program and we keep 3 of those people to make sure the playgrounds stay safe," says Kim Meeker, Assistant Director of Dothan Leisure Services.
To prevent playground injuries, health officials recommend:
-Make sure equipment is the right size for the children playing on it.
-Make sure children cannot reach any moving parts that might pinch or trap any body part.
-Metal slides should not be used in extreme heat because it can burn children’s hands and legs.
-Make sure there