Are Splash Pads Safe? - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Are Splash Pads Safe?

Comanche, Ok_17 children developed rashes after playing in a splash pad in a suburb near Tulsa, Ok. 

An investigator with the state Health Department says it appears chemicals are to blame.  However, the chemicals have not been identified as the outbreak remains under investigation.  

7News discovered that operators have to add chemicals when they recirculate the water. It is a problem that the Comanche splash park will never have to deal with.  However, parents should still be aware of the parks' operating procedures.  

The city of Comanche does not recirculate the water at its splash park. The water there goes into a drain and then into the sewer, never to be used again. 

It is a decision City Manager Wilt Brown says was made partly for health reasons. "Re-circulation you have to take too good of care of the water, so ours is just pass through water. We use it just like you would to take a shower at home", Brown said. 

But when splash pads first popped up, many cities were worried about saving water. 

"Those types of parks like the one here in Duncan and in Lawton, re-use their water. When it goes into the drain it runs to a tank inside this building---where's it's treated with chemicals and put back out", Brown said.   

The same type of system is used where the rash cases were found.  But it doesn't necessarily mean those types of parks are unsafe.

Dan Brown, the South Central Quadrant Supervisor for the State Health Department said the agency does not inspect splash pads but the operators should. 

They are supposed to check the water four times per day to ensure chemicals are balanced and within the safe ranges.  

If not---the park is required to close.  Something the Comanche splash park isn't exempt from either with the ongoing drought. However, Brown says they'll take the gamble. 

"I'd rather deal with the drought and shut down our park then deal with health issues with our kids", Brown explained.   

If you have concerns about your local park you should call the operator, which is usually the city.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Queen Elizabeth II to attend pop concert for 92nd birthday

    Queen Elizabeth II to attend pop concert for 92nd birthday

    Saturday, April 21 2018 6:54 AM EDT2018-04-21 10:54:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:25 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:25:18 GMT
    (Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.(Toby Melville/Pool Photo via AP). Britain's Queen Elizabeth raises her glass during speeches at The Queen's Dinner, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting at Buckingham Palace in London, Thursday, April 19, 2018.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

    Queen Elizabeth II is marking her 92nd birthday with a star-studded concert in London.

  • Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Israel's Lieberman blames Hamas over Gaza deaths

    Saturday, April 21 2018 1:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 05:44:10 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:24 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:24:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...(AP Photo/Adel Hana). Palestinian protesters evacuate a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli troops along Gaza's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Friday, April 20, 2018. Thousands of Palestinians joined the fourth weekly protes...

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

    Gaza health officials say 4 Palestinians, including 15-year-old boy, killed by Israeli army fire as thousands join fourth weekly protests on Gaza border.

  • The Latest: Barbara Bush's casket wheeled out of church

    The Latest: Barbara Bush's casket wheeled out of church

    Saturday, April 21 2018 10:44 AM EDT2018-04-21 14:44:47 GMT
    Saturday, April 21 2018 3:15 PM EDT2018-04-21 19:15:15 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). Attendees arrive at St. Martin's Episcopal Church for a funeral service for former first lady Barbara Bush, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Houston.

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

    Guests have begun to arrive at St. Martin's Church in Houston for the funeral of former first lady Barbara Bush.

Powered by Frankly