Streets of fire can cause second-degree burns on kids

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by Jennifer Thomas

azfamily.com

Posted on July 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 14 at 8:42 PM

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Burn Center is warning parents that Arizona's "streets of fire" can cause second-degree burns to children's feet.

With summer temperatures topping 115 degrees, Arizona's paved roads become "streets of fire" that frequently cause second-degree burns to the feet of infants and young children, according to spokesman Michael Murphy.

The Arizona Burn Center urges parents and caregivers to be extra watchful of infants and toddlers during the day when pavement temperatures become dangerous.

One study by Arizona Burn Center surgeons showed summer pavement temperatures are hot enough to cause second-degree burns within 35 seconds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Many of those burns are severe enough to require patients to be admitted to the Arizona Burn Center at Maricopa Medical Center.

"We see this far too often," said Dr. Marc Matthews, a burn center surgeon. "Infants and toddlers are particularly vulnerable because they do not know how to react. It is critical that parents and caregivers recognize the dangers of our 'streets of fire.'"

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