Federal Law mandating drain covers on swimming pools and spas now in effect

A Federal Law mandating that all public swimming pools and hot tubs must have a new and safe drain cover installed — an “anti-drowning cover” went into effect yesterday. The new cover is to prevent young people from being held under water by suction caused by the drain. Congress enacted the Pool and Spa Safety Act on December 19, 2007.

The law was created after a Minnesota child — a six-year-old girl — was severely injured when she sat on a drain in a wading pool and her intestines were sucked out of her body. The little girl was injured because the drain cover had been removed. Drain covers should be screwed into place. According to the Consumer Product Safety commission, the pressure on a pool drain can be up to 300 pounds per square inch.

The granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker died when she the suction of a pool drain kept her under water and she drowned. The law was created because at least one person was killed each year because of a pool drain.

By law, all public pools and hot tubs must have the drain covers installed or shut down.

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