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Monday, December 8, 2008

Pools Race to Reconfigure Drains

The local paper has an article about public pools' efforts to get into compliance with the impending federal requirement for safer drains. 

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is administered by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, and it specifies that all drains sold after the deadline must meet the new specifications. The regulation mandates that all public pools with a single main drain, other than an unblockable drain, have additional systems designed to prevent suction entrapment.

Of course, injuries in pools of all sorts frequently results in tort litigation, probably most famously by former Senator John Edwards, who sued in connection with a pool drain injury, a suit that settled for $25 million.


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There was a recent case in Minnesota where a young child's intestines were sucked out of her when she got too close to a faulty drain at a golf club swimming pool. The child has since died. Very sad case.

Posted by: Norman Teigen | Dec 8, 2008 8:27:30 AM

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