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Pool Safety!  It's the Law!

The following information was taken directly from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's web site (

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush on December 19, 2007. It was enacted to prevent the tragic and hidden hazard of drain entrapments and eviscerations in pools and spas. The law became effective on December 19, 2008.

Pool Drain Cover ReplacementThe VGB Act established a federal swimming pool and spa drain cover standard to ensure pools are equipped with the proper devices. Under the law, all public pools and spas must have ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 compliant drain covers installed and a second anti-entrapment system installed, when there is only a single main drain (other than an unblockable drain) or multiple main drains less than 3 feet apart.

The CPSC is focusing on the pools and spas that pose the greatest risk of entrapment (especially those with single main drain systems and flat drain grates):

Each year many American families encounter pool tragedies – drowning and submersion incidents. These tragedies are preventable.

In May 2009 the Commission released a report related to pool and spa submersion incidents involving children under 5.

In addition, there have been 83 reported entrapment incidents reported to the CPSC from 1999 through 2008. Among these are eleven fatality reports, including the accident that ended Virginia Graeme Baker's life in 2002. CPSC staff began investigating reported incidents of pool/spa suction entrapment in the 1970s.

Figures from 1999 through 2008 include:

Types of entrapment

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