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‘He couldn’t breathe’: heat on artificial turf

From WJLA and Nathan Baca, a report from Bethesda, MD on how
turf field surface temperatures can get so hot they can injure or even kill
players.

“In late June, a recycled tire field in Northwest DC’s
Palisades Park was roasting. 7 On Your Side used both an infrared laser spot
thermometer and a more sensitive infrared camera to test wider areas. Both
consistently showed surface temperatures on artificial turf approaching 180
degrees Fahrenheit.

That wasn’t the only field we spotted people playing on
super-heated turf. We compared the surface temperature of the artificial turf
at Bethesda’s Walter Johnson High School with natural grass right next to it.

The artificial turf still approached 180 degrees while
natural grass was 96 degrees.”

Read it all here