New state rules for kids at wave pools |

New state rules for kids at wave pools

SACRAMENTO — The state Assembly has approved a bill requiring small children to wear lifejackets at amusement park wave pools.

The bill by Sen. Elaine Alquist of Santa Clara comes a year after a 4-year-old boy drowned at San Francisco Bay area wave pool.

It passed 44-18 and now goes to the Senate for a vote on Assembly amendments.

The bill requires water park operators to provide lifejackets to children less than 4-feet tall and to sound a warning buzzer 15 seconds before waves are triggered.

Supporters say the rules would protect small children, but critics say it should be up to parents to watch their children.

In July 2007, Carlos Flores of San Jose was found unconscious in two feet of water at Great America’s wave pool in Santa Clara. The state Department of Industrial Relations has said the boy’s death was the first in a wave pool.

Read the bill SB107 at

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