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Avoid Pool and Spa Entrapment Dangers

Postby Keri Tom » Mon Sep 27, 2010 9:23 pm

Pool and Spa Entrapment Dangers

Each year, about 260 children under 5 drown in swimming pools. In addition, the suction from drains in swimming pools and spas, under certain conditions, can entrap swimmers underwater. To help protect your family, be sure to take the following steps.

o Never use a pool or spa with a missing or broken drain cover. Be sure a newer, safer drain cover is in place. The new drain covers are usually domed-shaped – instead of the old flat drain covers.

o Consider installing a Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS) , a device that will automatically shut off a pump if a blockage is detected.

o Have a professional regularly inspect your pool or spa for entrapment or
entanglement hazards.

o Plainly mark the location of the electrical
cut-off switch for the pool or spa pump.

o If someone is entrapped against a drain, cut off the pump immediately. Instead of trying to pull the person away from the powerful suction, pry a hand between the drain and the person’s body to break the seal.

FROM THE U.S. CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20207
For more information, please visit CPSC’s Web site at http://www.cpsc.gov, or call the CPSC Hotline at (800) 638-2772.

Here's a link to download a guide on Drain Safety and the latest federal laws from the Washington Dept. of Health.


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Re: Avoid Pool and Spa Entrapment Dangers

Postby Keri Tom » Thu May 12, 2011 6:24 pm

Here's an article of an incident in which a swimming pool company failed to install a required safety device in a Connecticut family's backyard pool resulting in the possible cause for a 6 yr old boy drowning.

http://tinyurl.com/3qvrpwm
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This is terrible! You have to wonder what the reasons were to not install the required safety device :evil: . Was it oversight or was it just cutting corners to save a buck? We may never know but one thing for sure is everybody must be 100% diligent when it comes to safety equipment or devices when constructing or operating any device. No amount of money can reverse what has happened. This incident could have been prevented. :cry:
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