While walking on hot pavement is not quite the hardship it used to be prior to the advent of footwear (thank you, flip flops!), anyone who has ever shimmied, squealing, from the side of the pool to the sweet relief of cool grass knows that it should not be underestimated. Sun-drenched surfaces remain a viable danger in many ways – particularly for our children and our pets.
According to the National Weather Service, concrete surfaces can reach temps north of 146 degrees Fahrenheit, while asphalt or blacktop can hit 167. To put this into perspective, an egg will fry on pavement between 144-158 degrees.
At 162 degrees, skin is instantaneously destroyed.
While taking part in summer activities this year, keep in mind the following hot pavement safety tips:
- Keep a close eye on the kids. Young children are notorious for running outside without shoes and socks, and playing and crawling on all fours, with little to no concept of how scorching surfaces can become. Sizzling pavement on little feet can cause second- or third-degree burns in a matter of moments. Keep a close watch on the little ones, and use the back of your hand to test surfaces prior to outdoor activity. When in doubt, make playing indoors mandatory.
- Avoid the hottest time of the day. A good rule of thumb for people of all ages this summer is to limit outdoor activity to the early morning or late afternoon hours when blacktop temps are generally cooler.
- Remember: light-colored surfaces are naturally cooler. Dark surfaces attract heat. If you’re caught unawares without those flip flops, traveling on cement is preferable to walking on hot pavement or asphalt, given the choice. Ideally, you can find some white or yellow-painted lines to use during your manic flight to a grassy oasis.
- Don’t forget your pets – and their paws. Footpad burns are all too common injuries in the summer months, and man’s best friend is unable to voice his discontent. A number of options are available to protect your pooch’s feet – from booties to preventative “paw wax.”
Pro-Pave, Inc., knows a thing or two about concrete and asphalt paving, and we’ve been helping cool customers for more than 15 years. Call us today at (703)-433-9500.