Parents often purchase hot drinks at soft play centres whilst their children are having fun. Caution is, however, advised when dealing with hot drinks. Here is why.
The dangers of hot drinks at soft play centres
Packed with often over-excited children, parents and supervisory staff, play centres tend to be extremely busy. Tripping, slipping or bumping into a child or another adult while carrying hot drinks at soft play centres can easily result in the scalding hot liquid being spilt.
Scalds and burns on adults and children
Scalding hot drinks can cause serious burn injuries even to adults. In most cases, scalding injuries on adults are confined to a comparatively small area of the body. Spilt on a child, however, a hot drink may cover a much larger area. What’s more, children’s skin is far more sensitive than that of adults, and what may cause a minor burn on an adult could cause a life-threating scalding injury on a child. Either way, such an injury will be extremely painful and may cause permanent scarring. In children, severe burn injuries may lead to lifelong disabilities and even death.
In an ideal world, serving scalding hot drinks at soft play centres would be banned. Unfortunately, the world is far from perfect. It is therefore up to staff members and parents to use common sense and be extra careful when handling hot beverages. Play centre owners/managers must:
- Prevent slips and trips by ensuring walkways and passages are kept clean, dry and clear of clutter
- Ensure drinks have securely fitting lids
Parents can help prevent soft play centre accidents by either refraining from purchasing hot drinks altogether or:
- Looking out for and immediately reporting any slip or trip hazards
- Watching their step and avoiding collisions with children/other adults while carrying drinks
If you or your child were injured by scalding at a soft play centre, you could be entitled to claim for compensation if:
- Your scalding accident occurred within the past three years
- Someone else caused the accident leading to your injury by scalding
To get helpful advice on when and how to claim for injuries at a soft play centre, call our no-obligation Accident Advice Helpline freephone number on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your landline or mobile now. Lines are open 24/7 and calls are strictly confidential.