Watch out for hot garden hoses during the summer heat

What may have been meant to playfully cool off the kids in this summer heat may actually do just the opposite.

Fred Bodimer
July 10, 2019 - 8:37 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Some advice from a local doctor on how to avoid a common backyard summertime problem. 
 
What may have been meant to playfully cool off the kids in this summer heat may actually do just the opposite.  

"A lot of young kids are going to be wanting to go outside and play in sprinklers and with a hose during these hot afternoons," said Family Medicine physician Dr. Jennifer Wessels, the VP of Medical Affairs with the SSM Health Medical Group.  "But something to remember is that when you have a garden hose laying outside in your yard, the water retained inside that hose can become very, very hot through the course of the day.  So if you think about a 100-degree day outside in the summer, that water in the hose can become the same temperature as the outside air.  It can almost seem like it is boiling hot.  So when you turn on your garden hose to let your kids play, or spray them with the hose, you need to make sure that very hot water is out of the hose first."
 
Dr. Wessels says she has had patients need to go to the emergency room after being burned by that sudden blast of hot water from the garden hose.

"Some children have been very seriously burned by playing with a garden hose outside when that initial blast of hot water hits them," Dr. Wessels tells KMOX.  "So please make sure that you drain that hot water first and test the temperature of the water so that it is cool -- so that when your children are playing outside they are safe."
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