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Playgrounds can become dangerous in hot weather

Posted at 6:36 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 18:36:42-04

High temperatures and air quality alerts are the latest problems Western New York residents are facing as the area continues to experience a drought.

However, those conditions are also causing concerns about water usage and childhood safety.

7 Eyewitness News Reporter Ed Reilly used a special temperature sensing device to check a new playground in the  Village of Alden.  It showed that even plastics soak up the heat with a plastic slide having a surface temperature of 150 degrees.

In the Village of Alden, residents are being asked to cut back on water usage as village water wells have dropped 25%.  The restrictions are only voluntary at this point but could become mandatory if the drought continues.

Watch Ed's reports to learn more about the two issues.