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Lagos Govt. cautions hotels, others against swimming pool safety violations

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Concerned by rise in cases of funseekers drowning in beaches, hotel swimming pools, and others in Lagos, the State Government has cautioned operators these public facilities to adhere strictly to the 2021 Lagos State Swimming Pool Regulations, to prevent loss of lives.

It stated that adherence to provisions of the regulations would ensure safety of all residents and visitors engaging in aquatic activities in these facilities across the state.

The Director General, Safety Commission, Lanre Mojola, who gave the caution yesterday, described as unimaginable increase in drowning incidents, with quantum loss of lives in the past few week.

While extending the government’s deepest condolences to families of the victims, he stated that the state is committed to preventing further loss of life.

This came after the Lagos Police Command disclosed that no fewer than seven persons drowned across the state within one week.

According to him, the Lagos State Swimming Pool Regulations was established to create a sustainable safety culture, outline critical safety policies, standards, and practices key provisions which includes the presence of trained lifeguards, proper signages, incident reporting protocols, and restrictions on alcohol usage and fire around pool areas.

He noted that it is imperative for all operators of public swimming facilities to comply with these regulations to prevent further incidences.

He said the government urges facility operators to: Ensure the presence of certified lifeguards during operational hours.
Display clear safety rules and emergency procedures.
Conduct regular safety audits and maintenance checks.
Provide appropriate safety equipment, including first aid kits.
Enforce strict adherence to safety guidelines by all patrons.

The Safety Commission boss declared that the Lagos State Government is taking proactive steps to enforce these regulations and will not hesitate to apply penalties to any facility found in violation.

The safety of our citizens and visitors is of utmost importance, and we must all work together to prevent drowning and ensure a safe environment for aquatic activities.

For more information on the Lagos State Swimming Pool Regulations and safety tips, please visit the Lagos State Safety Commission’s website on www.lasgsafety.com Whistle blowers should escalate any unsafe practices or infractions to 07000SAFETY

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