Lifeguards urge parents to stay safe near pools

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 6/07/2013 5:33 pm Published: 6/07/2013 5:31 pm

Temperatures are expected to approach the mid-90s this weekend and Tulsa pools are open.

In Oklahoma, drowning is the second-leading cause of death for children under the age of 14.Lifeguards are urging parents to play it safe.

FOX23's Sharon Phillips spoke to lifeguards at LaFortune Park. They told her parents can sometimes keep them from keeping kids safe.

Andie Buff has been a lifeguard at the pool for six years now. She loves getting a summer tan and spending her time outdoors, but she takes her job extremely seriously.

Buff said her skills were put to the test when a father brought his two young children to the pool.

"We ended up having to rescue them twice and each time we gave them a life jacket and said you should wear this because you're not the strongest swimmer," she said.

But each time, Buff said the father would take off the child's life jacket and hand it back to her saying that his kids didn't need it because they could swim.

"It really frustrated us because, obviously, if we had to rescue them even once, they aren't that great of a swimmer," said Buff.

It's something she said she and her lifeguards are experiencing more and more: parents who actually don't want their children to wear life jackets, even if they aren't the strongest of swimmers.

Lifeguards said children who do not know how to swim well really need to have a life jacket on, because it takes only about 20 seconds for a child to drown.

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Mayor Maynot - 6/9/2013 1:05 PM
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The ?parent? should at least hold the child's hand. Of course with a life jacket the child has more independent freedom to develop better swimming strength timing and other techniques. Much of a nuisance , I'd bar them from the facility.
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