FYI-Sad story concerning swimming pool dangers

dreamgardenJuly 23, 2008

I horrified to learn to learn how dangerous the drains are in some public pools.

Please feel free to share (or cross-post) this article with anyone who has children, a pool, or uses pools in public places. thanks.

ABC News

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ABC News Investigation Finds Dangerous Drains Across the Country

By BRIAN ROSS, ASA ESLOCKER, and KYLE GASSIOTT

July 23, 2008�"

Despite a new federal law that takes effect later this year, an ABC News undercover investigation found many hotels and public pools across the country have yet to install safety drain covers and shut-off valves designed to prevent children from being trapped underwater by the powerful suction of pool filter systems.

Many of the drain covers inspected by ABC News in pools across the country are "death traps," according to Paul Pennington, spokesman for the Pool Safety Consortium, an industry group, and president of a company that manufactures anti-entrapment systems.

In December 2007, Congress passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act to provide basic safety standards for the nation's public pools. However, ABC News found that the drains of nearly three-quarters of sampled public pools throughout the country are still not safe. The new legislation requires all public pools to install the devices by December 20 or face fines up to $1.3 million.

The new law is named after Virginia Graeme Baker, the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, and was pushed through Congress after her death in 2002.

The 7-year old girl died in the arms of her mother, after sitting on the underwater floor drain of a hot tub connected to a friend's pool.

"I kept pulling at her, never understanding what was holding her down and I couldn't pull her off," said her mother, Nancy Baker. "I opened my eyes underwater and there aren't words to describe what this is like," she said.

The suction pressure holding her daughter down was later estimated at 700 pounds, she said.

A link that might be useful:

abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=5428982

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stargazzer

A child died in one of one of our town's public fountains because of the suction.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2008 at 4:04PM
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freezetag

That is horrifying! Especially since we often go to public pools, and two of my kids tend to spend most of their time underwater. I was really glad for the slide show link which showed pictures of unsafe drain covers - now that I know what to look for, I'll check the covers when we swim.
Dangerous Drains
How to Protect Your Kids

    Bookmark   July 26, 2008 at 7:51AM
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