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Toddler's 2nd-degree burns prompt barricades of metal plates at Quebec City splash pad

Quebec City is putting up safety barriers around metal plates at municipal splash pads after a toddler suffered second-degree burns when he walked across one of the plates, used to cover the machines that operate the sprinklers.

Isabelle Desjardins says 19-month-old son won’t be able to walk for a week

Isabelle Desjardins's son Loïc won't be able to walk for a week after burning his feet on a metal plate at a municipal water park in Quebec City. (Facebook/Isabelle Desjardins)

Quebec City is putting up safety barriers around metal plates at municipal splash pads after a 19-month-old boy suffered second-degree burns when he walked across one of the plates Sunday.

In a Facebook post, the boy's mother Isabelle Desjardins said they were playing at Parc de la Chanterelle in the Val-Bélair neighbourhood when the toddler got away from her and ran across the plates, which are behind a row of short shrubs.

The temperature outside was about 30 C at the time.

Desjardins said there was no indication that the plate was there, nor was there a fence around it on Sunday.

Her son Loïc won't be able to walk for a week, but is doing much better since being treated in hospital, she said.

The boy's parents say they want to make sure this doesn't happen to other families.

The parents declined to be interviewed on Tuesday.

City spokesperson David O'Brien says all of the city's splash pads have the plates, which are used to cover the machines that operate the sprinklers.

There are about 20 of these metal plates at Quebec City splash parks. They will be blocked off by barriers for the time being. (Radio-Canada)

He says the city is working on finding a permanent way to make the parks safer, which could include new carpeting, paint, or coatings for the metal.

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