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Play it safe in the summer sun

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Parents and kids should be aware of summer heat dangers at the playground. (KTEN) Parents and kids should be aware of summer heat dangers at the playground. (KTEN)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- It's summertime, and fun is found at parks across Texoma.

But with the sun beating down, safety is a main concern. There a few things you can do to help keep your children — and yourself — safe while engaged in outdoor activities. 

"Check the equipment," advised Ardmore Parks and Recreation Director Teresa Ervin. "If you're going to a playground that's in full sun, it can get very hot —  120, 130 degrees. So just simply walk up and touch it. If it's too hot for your hand, it's too hot for them."

Another way to beat the heat is to schedule breaks and drink plenty of liquids.

"Hydration doesn't start when you get to the playground. You need to make drinking water an everyday routine for your children," Ervin said. "Take time to rest when you're there, sit in the shade, maybe come to the park and jump in one of our splash pads before you go home, and cool off."

Ardmore has five splash pads to help you cool down and still have fun.

"Not only does it help you get out, have fun, and be moving with your children or your teens or anyone, but it also gives you an economic way to cool off and have fun," Ervin said.

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