Using a garden hose to cool off during the heat wave hitting central New York can be refreshing but it can also be dangerous, possibly causing severe burns.

A garden hose exposed to direct sunlight during summer can heat the water inside the hose (not flowing) to 130-140 degrees which can cause burns especially to children & animals.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue shared the warning on Twitter after a child suffered severe burns from water out of a hot hose. We may not get as hot as Vegas, but it's a good reminder with the near record temperatures in New York.

To avoid severe burns, you should to let the water flow a few minutes to cool before spraying on people or animals.


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