11/07/2012 08:16 EST | Updated 01/07/2013 05:12 EST

Edmonton Swimming Pool Deaths: Lifeguards Spark New Safety Protocols


EDMONTON - Two deaths last July in Edmonton swimming pools has led to more stringent safety protocols by the city's lifeguards.

They include increased pool clearing drills, better signage and a move to enhancing safety equipment.

The recommendations came in a report compiled by the Lifesaving Society.

City spokeswoman Linda Cochrane says she doesn't know if the measures would have made a difference had they been in place last July.

But she says all lifeguards try to convey the message that everyone should have a healthy respect for water.

It had been 22 years since the last death in an Edmonton pool.

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