Metal Playground Equipment Warning

S.C. schools are ‘Making the Shade'

Published August 26, 2007

SOCIAL CIRCLE — On a sweltering day, a playground slide can feel as hot as a burning grill.

“We did some tests at an elementary school playground and they got readings on metal playground equipment of over 100 degrees,” said Dale Higdon, senior forester with the Georgia Forestry Commission. “They got a reading on a metal slide of 160 degrees.”

To keep elementary school students from dealing with extreme temperatures on their monkey bars or jungle gyms, the GFC has begun a program called “Making the Shade,” dedicated to planting shade trees on elementary school campuses throughout the state.