Sunday, August 11, 2013

Pool & Spa Safety, Needed Enforcement

In response to the deaths and injuries caused by entrapment, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was enacted in 2007. Unfortunately, this law has not enforced the installation of anti-entrapment covers in private homes. Recently the report that the son of R&B singer, Usher, was entrapped in a home swimming pool has brought more media attention to the issues of drain entrapment and the risk of drowning. It should not take incidents of high profile celebrities to bring attention to this issue. Hopefully this law can be expanded and promoted to protect those in private pools. 

Recently Alan Korn, the executive director of Abbey's Hope, spoke with Robin Young on WBUR's Here and Now about entrapment and pool safety. Listen to the interview here

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