>> Cell phones account for nearly 70% of all 911 calls in the U.S. But depending on where you live, as many as 95% of cell phones aren't able to accurately share their location with 911 dispatchers—meaning that if a pool accident occurs, first responders may not reach you in time.
And with the CDC reporting an average of 350 child deaths in swimming pools each year—and another 5,900 emergency room visits—time is of the essence.
According to Ooma [http://www.ooma.com/]—which gathered data on cell phone-to-911 calls in an investigation by USA Today—the chance of emergency dispatchers being able to determine your location based on your cell phone's GPS data ranges from as low as 10% to as high as 95% throughout the country.
Below are some shocking statistics:
>> CELL PHONE TRANSMISSION CAPABILITIES VARY WIDELY BY STATE
Dispatchers are unable to track 42% of 911 cell phone calls in Colorado, while in Virginia that number skyrockets to 71%.
>> 1 IN 4 AMERICANS WORRY ABOUT OUTDATED 911 TECHNOLOGY
According to a recent survey of 2,000 Americans conducted by Ooma, 26% of Americans are concerned that 911 dispatchers often lack the technology to locate cell phone callers.
>> APPS CAN FIND US FASTER THAN 911 CAN?!
According to Ooma's survey, 35% of Americans think it doesn't make sense that Domino's Pizza and Uber can locate them on a cell, but 911 can't.
Invented in 1968, 911 was designed for landline phones, which transmit the caller's location over a hard-wired connection. With a significant share of cell phone-to-911 calls being placed from within residences—but 45% of Americans opting out of landline coverage at home—countless people are left vulnerable in emergencies.
When it comes to summer pool safety, every second counts, and this reliable and cost-effective Internet-based technology could save lives.
Enter Ooma [ooma.com], a leading provider of home Internet phone service. Like a landline, Ooma offers reliable E911 ("enhanced 911") service, which provides your exact address and phone number to emergency personnel when you call 911.