Safety first for children at pools

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 16 May, 2001, 12:00am

I refer to your reader Elaine Ha's article headlined 'Allocate children supervised area' regarding the provision of family changing rooms at public swimming pools (South China Morning Post, April 30).

The Leisure and Cultural Services Department attaches great importance on public safety. Other than introducing a new house rule which has required children below the age of 12 to be accompanied by adults for admission to public swimming pools since September 1 last year, we have also instructed our lifeguards to pay special attention to small children to ensure they are not swimming alone.

On the topic of the safety of children in changing rooms, the department has provided changing-room attendants at public swimming pools to offer assistance and has been exploring the provision of family changing rooms in public swimming pools as a long-term solution. For instance, two family changing rooms were provided at Kowloon Park swimming pool in June 1999. With new projects such as Ho Man Tin leisure pool and the newly opened Island East swimming pool, family changing rooms are also provided.


for Director of Leisure and Cultural Services