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Pool tragedies are 100% preventable, says the president of Ontario Safety League

An 8 year old boy remains in hospital after a near drowning in Oakville.

He was pulled from a pool around 6:30 Saturday evening during a barbeque with a number of adults in attendance.

Halton Regional Police describe his condition as “guarded” – while tests are being done.

This incident is prompting a reminder about water safety.

“These tragedies are 100 percent preventable,” said The President of the Ontario Safety League, Brian Patterson.

“You need a situation where a designated person is watching, observing and interveneing,” Patterson suggested.

And he offers more advice.

“You’ve got opportunities to put life jackets on young kids, you’ve got supervision opportunities that are missed and the myth that continues that there will be screaming, yelling, and thrashing. That is simply not the case,” Patterson told 680News.

“Our rule has always been that with young children, unless they are strong swimmers, not just that can swim to and from your arm length, have them in a life jacket around the pool, just in the event that they fall in. When its normal practice, kids see it as absolutely normal, part of their gear when they’re at the pool and having fun.”

Last month, a 4 year old girl was pulled from a pool in Vaughan at a kids camp.

She died a few days later.