Lifeguards should stay on duty after Labor Day: NYC public advocate

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(PIX11) -- Keeping city pools and beaches open after Labor Day could save lives, according to a New York City public advocate calling for lifeguards to be posted if it's hot, no matter the date.

Public advocate Letitia James on Tuesday said it's time for the city to end its policy of closing city beaches immediately after Labor Day, citing unorthodox weather patterns like the mild summer just experienced by New York City. It took until the first of September to really feel like summer had arrived.

“We must err on the side of safety and recognize that people will continue swimming on 90+ degree days regardless of the calendar,” she said.

Because the beaches are closed, there are no lifeguards on duty but people can still walk to the water.

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