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Posted at 10:11 AM ET, 06/30/2010

D.C. studying pool safety after child's death

By Washington Post editors

D.C. Council officials approved emergency legislation Tuesday to look into whether city pools have appropriate safety measures in place, Fox 5 reports.

The legislation, introduced by Council member Harry Thomas (Ward 5), calls for a review of the number of lifeguards at pools and the feasibility of installing an automated drowning detection system, among other things.

The measures comes after 6-year-old Yiana-Michelle Ballard was found unconscious at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center pool in Northeast. She was later pronounced dead at Children's National Medical Center.

By Washington Post editors  | June 30, 2010; 10:11 AM ET
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Here we go...Council Members spending gobs of time and money on a complete non-issue that is going to look good in the papers.

How many people have drowned in DC City pools the past decade? I remember 1 about 8 years ago, so this would make 2 in a decade.

Yeah, real problem here folks, especially considering the millions of people who have swam in DC pools during the same period.

It is certainly sad that a kid drowned, but the parents and lifeguards were there and it still happened. Accidents happen and no amount of unecessary Council handwringing is going to change that.

Posted by: Nosh1 | June 30, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Her death was avoidable! Could she swim? Was thier a wrist band for swimmers in the deep end of the pool? Who was watching the board--most municipal pools have gotten rid of diving boards for liability issues: too risky. Councilman Thomas, this was unavoidable. There is blame here don't sweep it under the rug.

Posted by: number91 | June 30, 2010 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I am more worried about the pee

Posted by: jercha | June 30, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

a decade ago the rec centers were not very good. nobody wanted to swim in them. As more people visit our new rec centers, it may be worth it to see how to protect people.

Posted by: mamaspearl | June 30, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

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