Drowning leads to hundreds of deaths and many more injuries in California each year. According to the California Department of Public Health, in 2009, there were 424 drowning deaths and 1605 more were hospitalized or treated and released in the state. Children under 10 accounted for many of the deaths and more than half of the injuries.
On December 17, 2007, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) was signed into law. This important child safety law became effective in December 2008 and is designed to prevent the tragic and hidden hazard of drain entrapment’s and evisceration’s in pools and spas. 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 a single main drain other than an unblockable drain.
Not only are swimming accidents tragic and preventable, they can also subject homeowners to serious legal liability if they haven’t taken “reasonable precautions.”
The main drains are usually located on the lowest point in the pool, so the entire pool surface slants toward them. Most of the dirt and debris that sinks to the bottom of the pool exits the pool through these main drains. Like all leaks, leaking main drains need to be repaired as soon as possible.
The pressure of the water at the bottom of the pool could lead to massive water loss if the main drain has failed. Water could drop as much as three feet per day.
Caltech Pools has been doing single to dual main drain safety conversions since law was effectively passed. We utilize this method because single main drains have a higher risk of creating entrapment problems than properly designed multiple drain facilities.
Main drains must be a minimum of 36 inches apart to avoid entrapment issues. Safety for your swimming should not be overlooked. Each year, nearly 300 children under the age of five drown in residential and public pools.
Few people know the hidden dangers from drain or suction entrapment. Drains with broken, missing, or faulty covers can entrap hair, the body, limbs, jewelry, clothes, and can cause evisceration.
Enhance the safety of your private or public pool by giving us a call (818) 436-2953.