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Saturday, December 9, 2023

After pool scare, calls for stricter lifeguarding rules

After a pool panic, there are calls for stricter lifeguarding rules.

Key Takeaways:

  • Calls for more stringent safety measures have been re-ignited following a scare on Thursday at an East Kildonan apartment block.
  • Manitoba’s public health requirements do not often require lifeguards at apartment buildings or hotel pools, which experts feel needs to change.

A fright Thursday at an apartment building in East Kildonan has re-ignited calls for stricter safety regulations.

After Winnipeg paramedics were named to the Concord Gardens complex due to an incident in the pool area, a youngster was sent to the hospital in critical condition.

The property manager tells Global News that the infant is no longer in critical condition. Still, they are doubtful of the full extent of the child’s injuries because they are awaiting the conclusion of the police investigation.

Manitoba’s public health standards do not normally require lifeguards at apartment complexes or hotel pools, which experts believe needs to change.

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The Lifesaving Society has been arguing for expanding the areas that require lifeguards since we know these areas are safer. Said Christopher Love, the Lifesaving Society of Manitoba’s water smart coordinator.

“Our drowning records have demonstrated that lifeguarded facilities are far safer, the number of drowning fatalities and injuries are much lower at this time, which spans over thirty years.”

There are already numerous regulations and safety measures in place, the province informs Global News. The Public Health Act lists both private and semi-public pool regulations.

After a pool panic, there are calls for stricter lifeguarding rules.
After a pool panic, there are calls for stricter lifeguarding rules. Image from Qupra

Amid Drowning Prevention Awareness Week, Love is causing alarm as well.

We often advise against swimming alone in open water, but the same advice holds for any type of pool, according to Love.

And if you are going, go with a friend or a companion so that they can assist you if you run into problems.

Source: Global News

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