Swimming Pool Blog
by Rob, December 6, 2008
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a mandate that all public pools and spas be in compliance with legal requirements to prevent entrapment threats on pool drains by December 19, 2008.
As a minimum, all commercial, public or semi-public pools are required to install approved main drain covers, marked with ANSI/ASME A112.19.8-2007
If you currently have only a single drain in your public pool or spa, these are your likely options:
- Install an unblockable channel drain – 32” x 4”
- Cut out the single drain and replace with two connected drains, 3 ft apart
- Disable the drain, or convert it from a suction line to a pool return
- Install a Safety Vacuum Release System
Virginia Graeme Baker, 7-year-old grand daughter of Secretary of State James Baker, was one of the unfortunate ones. Her life ended abruptly and unexpectedly on Saturday, June 15, 2002 at a pool party in Arlington, Virginia. This horrible tragedy could have been avoided. Read her story through her mother’s eyes at:
Abstract: There have been at least 147 documented incidents of suction entrapment in swimming pools, including 44 deaths. Suction entrapment occurs when a swimmer, usually a small child, is trapped by the suction forces created by the water being pulled out of the drain at the bottom of the pool by the pool pump.