Windsor's Adventure Bay water park to learn from 'scary' accident at Kalahari
"It's foolish for us to think that ... something similar couldn't happen."
Windsor's city-owned water park is taking a closer look at its own emergency protocols after a massive air duct came crashing down inside the Kalarhari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio.
Five people left with minor injuries Monday when the air duct suddenly fell from the ceiling into a pool area where people were swimming. It's a popular spot for people in Windsor-Essex however, none of the injured were Canadian.
At least two families from the Windsor region were inside when the "chaos" unfolded.
Now, managers at Windsor's Adventure Bay Family Water Park are watching closely to see why exactly an air duct unexpectedly fell from the ceiling, and how that water park handled the emergency response.
"It's foolish for us to think that — despite our best efforts — that something similar couldn't happen," said Jen Knights, manager of Adventure Bay Family Water Park and the aquatic centre.
"We feel we planned so that isn't going to happen."
She hopes the incident at Kalahari will ultimately create safer protocols and attractions in Windsor.
Lifeguards and staff practice full fire evacuations at least once a year. They also do mock-emergencies and ride malfunctions on a "regular basis."
"We also practice for major medical emergencies. We also train for emergencies that may happen with one of the attractions," said Knights.
In the event of a full evacuation, meeting places are designated at the Art Gallery next door and Transit Windsor terminal across the street. They also have bins of evacuation towels to keep people warm in the winter months.
"With volumes of people that we have at the parks, especially on weeks like this, it is a challenge but that's why we have the protocol in place," said Knights.
Water park staff are also equipped with two-way radios in the event young children need to be reunited with their families. Although, it's a park policy that anyone aged five and under must be within arms-reach of a guardian.
Officials also suggest each family discuss a meeting spot in the event of an emergency.