The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely campaign aims to educate parents and pool owners/operators about the many ways to provide a safe swimming experience for our children. One important way to ensure that the pool or spa you use is safe is to check that all its drains have safe drain covers.
Non-compliant drain covers can create a dangerous suction that can entrap hair, jewelry, clothing, and body parts. Many injuries and deaths have occurred as a result of this powerful suction. That’s why the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed. Now, public pools and spas are required by law to replace old, hazardous drain covers with compliant, safe drain covers. Owners of residential pools and spas should do the same.
The following short video created by the CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign offers more helpful safety tips related to safety drain covers.
That hidden danger could be unsafe drain covers in pools and spas. Why are pool and spa drains so dangerous? Because if the drain cover is flat, any object or body part that covers that drain can become trapped by a powerful suction from which escape is difficult, and sometimes impossible. Luckily, the Pool and Spa Safety Act, also known as the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, was signed into law in 2007. This law requires that every public pool and spa in the U.S. be “equipped with anti-entrapment devices or systems that comply with the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standard, or any successor standard.” Flat pool drains are assumed to be a thing of the past in public pools and spas. The law does not apply, however, to residential pools and spas, and, unfortunately, this is where a majority of entrapment injuries and deaths occur.
Anti-entrapment drain covers for residential pools and spas are readily available and easy to install. The difference is in the design. Anti-entrapment drain covers are not flat, but domed, or shaped in some way that prevents objects or bodies from completely covering the drain and creating a dangerous suction. They offer an inexpensive and simple solution to a serious and sometimes deadly problem.
Yesterday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued a recall on pool drain safety covers that is expected to affect many pool owners and operators across the country. Up to one million pools and spas could be affected. “The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water … which could pose a possible entrapment hazard,” stated the press release from the CPSC. In cases where retrofit or replacement drain covers are necessary, the manufacturer will be responsible for paying for parts and labor. Pools needing a replacement should be shut down until arrangements can be made to correct the faulty drain covers. Please see the list below to find out if your anti-entrapment drain covers are affected by this recall. If you do own one of these drain covers, please refer to the manufacturer’s website below or call the Drain Cover Recall Hotline at (866) 478-3521 (24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week).
Pool safety should be of the utmost concern for any pool owner. In addition to pool alarms, fences, and pool safety covers, anti-entrapment systems and drain covers are very important steps in protecting your friends and family in your pool. Drains can be very dangerous in pools if they are not handled properly. Because traditional drains lay flat, any object or body part that covers that drain can become trapped by a powerful suction from which escape is difficult, and sometimes impossible. Thanks to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007, all public pools are required to take anti-entrapment measures to ensure pool safety. This law does not apply to private and personal pools and unfortunately accidents still occur. You can ensure that your pool is safe by installing anti-entrapment pool drain covers or a vacless anti-entrapment system.
Anti-entrapment drain covers are not flat, but domed. This prevents objects or bodies from completely covering the drain and creating a dangerous suction. They offer an inexpensive and simple solution to prevent drain related accidents. To extend your protection further, vacless anti-entrapment systems automatically allow air into the pump in the event of an abnormally high vacuum suction (such as child pulled down on the mail drain). This air will then cause the pump to lose its prime, preventing any chance of entrapment. Both anti-entrapment measures are very easy to install and you will rest easy knowing that you have taken great measures to ensure that your pool is entrapment hazard free!
According to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007, all public swimming pools and spas must be fitted with the newly compliant anti entrapment safety drain coversby December 19, 2008. Our safety covers are compliant and meet the ASME/ANSI A 112.19.8 certification standards. These anti vortex safety drain covers properly retrofit commercial or residential swimming pool or spa drains. Manufacturers of the compliant anti entanglement safety pool drain covers are feeling extreme pressure of their ability to successfully meet the anticipated large demand for their products. Most swimming pool industry professionals believe the demand for the newly approved certified covers will be much greater than the manufacturers’ ability to produce by the December 19, 2008 deadline. Manufacturers just recently received the final approval for new suction outlet covers meeting the new standards.
Newly designed and affordable compliant anti entrapment pool coversare easily retrofitted to existing drains and are instrumental in the ongoing effort to prevent future devastating swimming pool injuries and uneccessary drowning deaths.