Welcome to Safe Kids Tulsa's "Safe Pools for Safe Kids" campaign web site! Drowning is the second leading cause of injury-related accidental death among children 14 and under in the U.S. and in Oklahoma. It's the number one cause of death among children one to four.
- 300 residential swimming pool drownings occur every year in the U.S. of children 14 and under.
- In 2009, more than 5,000 children sustained non-fatal near drowning-related injuries - (not accurate because of emergency room coding discrepancies).
- In both drownings and near-drownings, most children had been missing from sight less than five minutes and were in the care of one or both parents.
Pool Safety Tips
The following tips for pool safety are recommended by Safe Kids Worldwide
and the Consumer Product Safety Commission
. Active Parental Supervision
- Especially with young children, no talking on the phone, reading a book, running inside the house - even for a minute. Drownings are silent so just a short lapse in parental supervision can mean the difference between life and death. Isolation fencing
- Privacy fences with self-latching, self-closing gates (ideally with some kind of lock on the inside of the fence) keep kids from coming into your backyard pool area from the front yard. However, that doesn't keep a child, whether it's your own, a friend of your child's or the child of an adult visitor to your home, from wandering out to the backyard from inside the house and ending up in the pool. Isolation fencing is four-sided fencing (usually mesh or wrought iron) with a lockable gate that is self-latching, self-closing and nearly impossible for children to open on their own. Studies estimate that the use of isolation fencing could prevent 50 to 90 percent of drowning injuries and fatalities. Key-operated motorized pool covers/Locking hot tub covers Alarms on all doors
- Doors leading from the house directly out to the backyard pool area should all have alarms installed. Anti-vortex drain covers
- Single drain pools should have anti-vortex drains installed to prevent too much suction. New pools should always be constructed with dual drains.
Learn More About Safe Kids Tulsa Area
To learn more about Safe Kids or available pool safety resources, please call 918-494-SAFE (7233) or follow the links below.
Water Watcher 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.