Misters: A cool answer for hot playgrounds


by Dr. Melinda Bossenmeyer

As temperatures continue to climb this summer and smoke from fires spread across various parts of the U.S., schools across the U.S. are beginning to explore long-term options for reducing heat and smoke exposure. One solution that is gaining popularity is the use of misting systems

The heat reminds me of a time 20 years ago when I was a principal in Southern California and my school was located about 40 miles from Palm Springs in South Riverside County. We were a year-round school and in the summer it often reached 105 degrees. After visiting a restaurant in Palm Springs for dinner one evening with misters (although quite hot outside). under the misters, the weather was pleasant and even comfortable.

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