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Who Is Responsible for 2nd Degree Burns on Kids' Feet?

Who Is Responsible for 2nd Degree Burns on Kids' Feet?

Playgrounds are normally a place for parents and their tots to let loose, but New York City parks have given youngsters something to cry about. Children running barefoot have gotten second degree burns on the bottom of their feet from the black rubber matting that lines the ground of their local playgrounds providing cushion for tots. The flooring can heat up to 166 degrees and as a result children who have taken off their shoes have had the soles of their feet singed. Do you think the park department should replace the padding with a safer material, or is it the parent's responsibility to make sure their kids' feet are covered?

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cm2 cm2 7 years
IT'S CLEARLY THE PARKS DEPT FAULT! This time it just happened to be feet but what if a kid fell ... then it could have been an entire leg, arm, knee or worse face! Regardless of whom anyone wants to blame that poor child didn't deserve this!
amber_castaldo amber_castaldo 8 years
THis is just ridiculous. It is the parks responsibility to make it kid friendly. I mean there are times when my son's shoes fall off while he is climbing. If I had to chase after him to remind him every-time his shoes fell off to put them on then we would never last at a park.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 8 years
There should be signs, but also it is pretty obvious. The slide is too hot, the plastic is too hot, the sidewalk is too hot. A lot of parents just aren't good parents and don't watch their kids and don't use their common sense. It is their fault. Heck, when I was little I knew that the park's slide and the plastic was too hot so that is when we all started getting water balloons and had safe and fun water balloon fights and I'm only 16 (really soon to be 17).
margotdarko margotdarko 8 years
I chose parents but then read that some of the burns happened in just a few seconds. If that's really true, I would pick park or both if that was an option. If it really could happen in a few seconds, a child could be wearing shoes but still seriously be burned by falling down.
Stupidasscat Stupidasscat 8 years
Parents should be held responsible the city isnt raising the kids its the parents what next we need to have the city put someone out at the parks to watch the kids for the parents NOOOOOOO not to mention the kids SHOULD be wearing shoes outside because ewwww its soo dirty and what if the kid steps in poop or on a sharp object. There is a reason for shoes and parents need to start taking responsibilty for their family and not blame others.
MaggieLei MaggieLei 8 years
I put other. Shoes are a must- and I don't mean flip-flops that fall off so easily. However, 168 degrees is way too hot. Children fall or roll around or crawl at playgrounds. It is irresponsible of the park system to assume that no skin is going to touch the ground at a park.
Evalicious Evalicious 8 years
BOTH, Parents should make sure that their children wear their shoes at all times, there are lots of other injuries that can result in not wearing shoes outside (stubbed toes, scraps, etc.) The City should provide a safe place for them to play, if the black stuff can burn feet that badly, it can burn hands and arms and anything else that touches it.
Bxgrl Bxgrl 8 years
What stupid ahole parent/guardian lets their kids take their shoes off in a NYC park? This is what happens when the moron yuppies move in. I grew up in these city parks and never ever have I known anyone to suffer burns like this. There is something missing from this story.
Bxgrl Bxgrl 8 years
What stupid ahole parent/guardian lets their kids take their shoes off in a NYC park? This is what happens when the moron yuppies move in. I grew up in these city parks and never ever have I known anyone to suffer burns like this. There is something missing from this story.
wonderwoman80 wonderwoman80 8 years
Hmm I say both especially after reading LilSugar's comments that one set of feet burned that badly just by touching the surface while his sitter cleaned out his shoes! Poor babies...
imcs imcs 8 years
parents should make sure that kids don't take their shoes off and parks should put something safer up.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
These pics are heartbreaking! Ok to be fair kids take off their shoes all the time without their parents being aware it. My goddaughter who is almost two does this all the time. We dont realize it until we roller over her shoes with the stroller. With that being said Park Department is responsible of making sure that these children park are CHILDREN FRIENDLY/SAFE. Every little detail needs to be paid attention to and made sure that it is safe. Parents need to make sure that their child has on their shoes all the time. Those its hard because you take you eyes off them for 1 sec and lots can happen. so its both parents and Park departments responsibility. this is so sad...a place thats suppose to be fun for kiddies can also hurt them so badly. :(
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
These pics are heartbreaking!Ok to be fair kids take off their shoes all the time without their parents being aware it. My goddaughter who is almost two does this all the time. We dont realize it until we roller over her shoes with the stroller.With that being said Park Department is responsible of making sure that these children park are CHILDREN FRIENDLY/SAFE. Every little detail needs to be paid attention to and made sure that it is safe.Parents need to make sure that their child has on their shoes all the time. Those its hard because you take you eyes off them for 1 sec and lots can happen.so its both parents and Park departments responsibility. this is so sad...a place thats suppose to be fun for kiddies can also hurt them so badly. :(
HipMom HipMom 8 years
Why were they barefoot in the first place? That's just gross. I understand maybe in the sand pit, but otherwise, they really should have their shoes on. AND they shoulnd't be under the sun at the hottest time of the day. The material cools off when not under direct sun.
mother2 mother2 8 years
I would have to say both are responsible. Parents shouldn't have kids running in bare feet in a park, not just because of this, but there could be glass or other hazardous objects that could injure a child's feet. But at the same time, the parks should not have something that could potentially burn a child. If not their feet, I'm sure if a kid touched it with their hands, the same would happen.
kiwitwist kiwitwist 8 years
The parents, keep the shoes on. If the children are burning their feet with shoes on then it would be the parks problem. THe park cannot make sure that everyone has shoes on, that is the parents responsibility.
LOVE-ANGELINA LOVE-ANGELINA 8 years
Please. The park. Why is something that heats up to 168 degrees allowed where children play? If their feet get burned what would happen if they fall on the mat? The park should switch to safer, kid friendly materials.
LiLRuck44 LiLRuck44 8 years
I thought of the toxins too, roxtarchic! At temperatures that hot who knows WHAT is being released. I guess I don't understand why they would choose the black rubber as opposed to something like wood chips?
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
Those pics make me feel sick!!!PARENTS first and foremost!!!!!! If they can't do their job well maybe a park employee could remind kids of the importance of shoes.What parent lets their kid play on black tarmac without shoes in the summer??? IDIOTS!!!
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 8 years
Those pics make me feel sick!!! PARENTS first and foremost!!!!!! If they can't do their job well maybe a park employee could remind kids of the importance of shoes. What parent lets their kid play on black tarmac without shoes in the summer??? IDIOTS!!!
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
I'm disgusted that black rubber is covering the ground at playgrounds, yes the parents are at fault for not insuring that the children know the dangers of taking off their shoes, but children FALL... thank goodness it was only his feet. it takes 3 to 4 SECONDS to suffer a second degree burn... at least according to the articles i read on this topic yesterday. i would also bet that the chemicals emitted from that overheated rubber are far more toxic than anyone cares to know... and i found myself very DISGUSTED that the toxicity wasn't even THOUGHT of by any of the reporters or even parents in the articles i read. disgusted
roxtarchic roxtarchic 8 years
I'm disgusted that black rubber is covering the ground at playgrounds, yes the parents are at fault for not insuring that the children know the dangers of taking off their shoes, but children FALL... thank goodness it was only his feet. it takes 3 to 4 SECONDS to suffer a second degree burn... at least according to the articles i read on this topic yesterday. i would also bet that the chemicals emitted from that overheated rubber are far more toxic than anyone cares to know... and i found myself very DISGUSTED that the toxicity wasn't even THOUGHT of by any of the reporters or even parents in the articles i read. disgusted
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