|Don's Pool Service
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|NEW Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act
sets standards for pool / spa drain covers.
See your pool professional for new mandatory main drain covers,
anti-entrapment devices, & safety vacuum release systems
Now in Effect !
|On December 19, 2007, the President signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker
Pool & Spa Safety Act, named after the daughter of Nancy Baker and the
granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker. Graeme Baker died in a tragic
incident in June 2002 after the suction from a spa drain entrapped her under the water.
The Act requires that all public swimming pools & spas be equipped with anti-entrapment
drain covers that comply with ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 Standard by December 19,
2008. Additionally, in certain instances, public pools and spas must have additional
devices or systems designed to prevent suction entrapment if the pool operates off a
Single main drain; and ensure that dual or multiple drains are at least 3 feet apart.
Further regulations below.
The new law is aimed at reducing deaths and injuries by making pools safer, securing the
environment around them, and educating consumers and the industry on pool safety.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is the primary regulatory agency for
the Act and your local Health Department / Code Inspector will be enforcing the
Standards of the Act.
All new in-ground and above ground pools & spas (commercial & residential) must also
install a Pool Alarm that is Code Compliant, code compliant fencing/barrier with a
self-latching gate; in addition to meeting all Standards of the Act and all Entrapment
Don's Pool Service
|The VGB Pool & Spa Safety Act Regulations require that all
commercial pools and spas with a single main drain must be equipped
with an Anti-Entrapment drain cover, and at least one of the following
devices / systems by December 19, 2008:
Based on the above guidelines, Don's Pool Service is recommending
We are happy to answer your questions. We carry compliant Main Drain
Covers, anti-entrapment devices / systems, & safety vacuum release
systems. We service pools to add these products to help you meet
This information is a considered a public service announcement and in no
way should be construed as or considered legal advice.