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Swimming Pools & Outside Surfaces: How Hot Is That Patio? by Amber Kingsley

For anyone who has ever ran quickly across a scorching hot beach with bare feet during the summer knows how painful this experience can be. Dogs and cats paws are particularly sensitive compared to the thick skin found on the bottoms of our human feet.

Swimming pools can pose many risks and dangers when it comes to our four-legged friends, but one thing we often overlook is the surfaces that surround these popular summertime recreation spots. You may be surprised to learn the actual temperature of patios and pool areas underneath the blazing, summer sun.

How Hot Is It?

While this may sound like one of those jokes that a comedian might ponder to a crowd, the burning surfaces surrounding pools is no laughing matter. For example, on a typical summer’s day when the outside temperature reads 95℉, concrete or cement that often surrounds a swimming pool can reach a stinging 125℉. Red bricks found on many patios come in at a blistering 135℉ underneath the sun.

According to research, at 120℉ it’s unlikely that contact will cause injury, but it can still be extremely painful. Once the surface temperature reaches 140℉, after just one minute of contact, burns, scarring and permanent damage can occur. Always ensure that your animal has a safe place to lay down, preferably in the shade on a blanket, when they’re enjoying some poolside time with us during the dog days of summer.

Whenever your pet has been outdoors, you’ve taken them for a walk or other outdoor adventure, be sure to check their paws for possible injury or debris to ensure they stay healthy. While you’re at it, check out this infographic on other on “Summer Swimming Pool Safety With Your Pet” for other ways to keep them happy and healthy during warmer summer months.

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