Pools, lakes, ponds and beaches mean summer fun and cool relief from hot weather. Yet, water can be dangerous for kids if proper precautions aren't taken. Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death for people between the ages of 5 and 24. But, it needn’t be that way. Most water-related accidents can be avoided by knowing how to stay safe and following a few simple guidelines.
General Water-Safety Tips
- Don't assume swimming lessons or personal floatation devices (PDFs) make your child "drown proof." These precautions are important, but they're no substitute for constant adult supervision.
- Children ages 14 and under should wear PFDs not only on boats, but near open bodies of water or when participating in water sports. Oklahoma law requires children ages 12 and under to wear PFDs while boating.
- If your house serves as part of your pool enclosure, protect any doors leading to the pool area with an alarm. Add an underwater pool alarm that sounds when something hits the water. Make sure you can hear the alarm inside the house.
- Never leave children unsupervised near any body of water. During social gatherings, adults who know how to swim can take turns being the "designated watcher." Don't rely on air-filled or foam toys, such as water wings, noodles or inner tubes, to keep children safe.
- Keep emergency equipment on hand and make sure you always have a phone with you.
Learn More About Safe Kids Tulsa Area
To learn more about Safe Kids or available water safety resources, please call 918-494-SAFE (7233) or follow the additional water safety links.
Safer 3 Program
Safe Kids Tulsa Area is the eastern Oklahoma affiliate of Safe Kids Worldwide-a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. The Tulsa coalition is led by The Children's Hospital at Saint Francis.