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Consumer watchdog to check water park safety

TT/Clara Guibourg · 25 Mar 2012, 12:57

Published: 25 Mar 2012 12:57 GMT+02:00

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"In many cases the parental supervision has been lacking, but there are also flaws in the parks' safety information and signage," explained the agency's Maria Lindstedt to Sveriges Radio (SR).

Last year a boy drowned at a water park in Örebro, in central Sweden, and several other incidents have occurred recently.

The Swedish Consumer Agency will be taking a closer look at the safety regulations at Swedens water parks, closely aided by the Swedish Sea Rescue Society (Livräddningssällskapet) and the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (Myndigheten för samhällsskydd och beredskap, MSB), reported SR.

The agency's investigation will go on for the next two years.

"This year we'll be visiting several parks to see what skill levels they demand of their staff, and what safety information they provide for their guests," said Maria Lindstedt.

Lindstedt pointed out that parents should keep an eye on their children when visiting water parks.

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"It's important to be able to swim, and don't forget that parents are always responsible to keep watch over their children. The parks are staffed, and you might think that there's a life guard watching, but they can't see every child at every moment," said Lindstedt to SR.

TT/Clara Guibourg (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

18:15 March 25, 2012 by EtoileBrilliant
Let me guess. Mom and Pop were on their mobile at the time?
18:29 March 25, 2012 by johan rebel
"The parks are staffed, and you might think that there's a life guard watching, but they can't see every child at every moment,"

What more is there to say?

If your kid can't swim, get in the water with him, and exercise close supervision.
20:55 March 25, 2012 by DAVID T
@ johan rebel

They don't have life guards in Sweden - the only country in the developed world
21:21 March 25, 2012 by Abe L
Funny how people need to get harmed or die before action is taken, which then often is highly inefficient and only works against the amount of fun visitors have.

They should be performing frequent checks to make sure reasonable safety measures are in place. There will always be a few Darwin award contesters that will get themselves killed and which is of course more then fine.
10:03 March 26, 2012 by muscle

Mom and POP decided to DO something together!
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