New York News
Park advocates urge precautions during extreme heat
NEW YORK (WABC) -- City officials are warning exercisers and parents to take precautions during the extreme heat.
Surface temperatures taken in City parks can reach more than 170 degrees, according to readings taken by NYC Park Advocates. Artificial turf fields can reach at over 170 degrees. Temperatures on black rubber playground safety surfacing can reach over 160 degrees. By 9:15 am temperatures on artificial turf fields can reach over 140 degrees.
Young children are particularly susceptible as it can take only two seconds to burn on solid surfaces greater than 140 degrees, according to doctors. Each year more than a dozen children are treated in the City's three burn centers for injuries suffered on playground safety surfacing.
Exposure to playground safety surfacing can lead to severe burns and blisters. Exposure to artificial turf can lead to blisters, dehydration, nausea, and heat stroke, which can lead to death.
With the temperature expected to reach triple digits across the City again today, NYC Park Advocates offers the following tips:
1. Avoid playgrounds with black safety surfacing, unless they have complete shade coverage.
2. Avoid metal surfaces like slides.
3. Avoid artificial turf fields in the sun.
4. Drink lots of liquids.
5. Use spray showers, pools and water features.
6. Seek shade.
7. Participate in non-strenuous activities.
In case of emergencies, seek immediate medical treatment, or call 911.
Get Eyewitness News Delivered
new york city, heat, heat wave, hot weather, new york news
- Mom 'steals' car - without even realizing it
- AccuWeather: Clear and chilly 26 min ago
- Live: Eyewitness News on 7online streamed live!
- DISH Network signs on for WATCH ABC app
- Man claims football players beat him in Soho club
- N.J. woman charged with trying to kill her 3 children
- Firefighters rescue 80-year-old man from Bronx fire Wednesday...
- Fire at Red Carpet Inn in Elmwood Park, New Jersey
- Suspect in Boston rice cooker incident sent to psych hospital
- 7 dead, 290 missing in South Korea ferry disaster
- Rare spring snow coats cars, slicks roads
- Photos: Spring snow around New York area
- Jenny McCarthy announces engagement on "The View"
- Drugs stashed in hiding places in Manhattan apartments
- AccuWeather: Clear and chilly
26 min ago