Mum wants metal slippery slides removed from playgrounds after her son burnt the sole of his foot.

Kelly Tully said she took her son Xzavier, 2, to a new playground on the Gold Coast, at Melville Dr, Pimpama last week.

Ms Tully said she checked the temperature of the slide with her hand at the top before allowing Xzavier on it about 10am, reports Courier Mail.

“I thought it was okay,” she said.

But when Xzavier got to the bottom and stood up, he started screaming.

“I was at the top of the slide and I didn’t know whether to run down to him or go down the slide to get him,” Ms Tully said.

She grabbed Xzavier off the slide and doused his foot in water.

When that was not enough she took the toddler to the nearest doctor who was able to treat the burn.

Ms Tully said the injury was healing well but she wanted to ensure no other child was hurt.

“The metal slide and others like it on the Gold Coast really should be changed,” she said.

“We have a heatwave coming up and it’s only going to get hotter.”

Ms Tully said she knew plastic would get hot but it was not as likely as metal to cause burns.

The young mother has put in a complaint to the council but is yet to hear back.

A council spokeswoman said the complaint was being investigated.

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  • At least the Mother made an attempt to check the temperature of the slide.
    The plastic or whatever they are made of get very hot too. In very hot weather, epsecially during a heatwave sometimes they don’t cool down much when they go into the shade overnight either. Please my I add that slides or not the only thing you need to check. Structures bolted together. Make sure the ends of bolts don’t protrude below or above the washers that hold them. Having not been to a particular playground for awhile I took my little boy to that playground. Thge equipment is high enough for little ones to run under. He had grown a fair bit and tried to run under as he always had. He tore a patch of skin off his forehead. Fortuantely I had taken a picnic with an ice pack and flannel on it so she held that one her head for a couple of minutes for a few minutes. Luckily is didn’t blead much. As I walked to the playground and didn’t have a phone, luckily the younger one hadn’t gone to sleep in the stroller and was old enough to walk independently so I put the injured one in the stroller and hurried home. It was a frightening experience. As it was the only playgorund with that equipment we never went to that one again. I lodged a report and complaint with the local council.


  • During summer parents should be going to the park early in the day before it gets hot because even walking barefoot (as kids do) on a hard surface will burn your feet. If it is too hot for you to walk, sit or play on then it is too hot for your child & yr pets to use. Commonsense should be used as the weather warms up & be safe by checking it properly, You don’t have to be a genius to know that metal play equipment always heats up on warm days!


  • Everyone has childhood memories of burning themselves on metal slides on hot sunny days! Lesson learned, go on slides early in the day before they get hot. Councils can add shade through trees or shade sails, but don’t ban them altogether as metal slides are so much faster and more fun than plastic.


  • Metal slides surely can become dangerous hot !


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