Pool Safety Drains in Dallas/Fort Worth
7 yr old Graeme Baker tragically drowned at a pool party in 2002
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Compliant
Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act Compliance
Who Does the Law Apply To?
- Any pools and spas that are open to the public generally (whether for a fee or free of charge); open exclusively to members of an organization and their guests, residents of an apartment building; or operated by the federal government.
What Does the Law State?
- Every public pool and spa must be equipped with an Anti-Entrapment drain cover that conforms to the entrapment protection standards of the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standard.
- Every public pool and spa with a single main drain (other than an un-blockable drain) must also be equipped with a device or system designed to prevent entrapment, such as a safety vacuum release system.
- Every pool or spa drain cover manufactured, distributed or entered in the stream of commerce in the United States must conform to the entrapment protection standards of the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standards.
When Does the Law Come into Effect?
- The law is effective one year after the date of enactment, each public pool and spa must be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers.
- December 19, 2008 is one year after the date of enactment.
Where Can I Find Someone to Install Drain Covers?
- American Leak Detection has all of the necessary equipment and personnel (Certified Divers and diving equipment) necessary to complete the drain cover installation.
Why Was the Law Put into Place?
- The purpose of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Safety Act is to increase the safety of swimming pools and spas by:
- Requiring the use of proper devices, such as anti-entrapment drain covers and fences/barriers, through the establishment of a grant incentive program in order to encourage states to enact comprehensive pool and spa laws;
- Educating the public about drowning prevention;
- Establishing a federal swimming pool ans spa drain cover standard; and
- Ensuring public pools are equipped with proper safety devices.
American Leak Detection is proud to offer installation services in order to assist public pools with Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act Compliance.
New law requires all public pools to have an anti-vortex drain cover to prevent tragedies.
In the wake of the tragic death of 7 year old, Graeme Baker, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act, directed at all public pool facilities, will go into effect on December 19, 2008. The new law requires all public pools to have an Anti-Vortex or Anti-Entrapment drain cover to prevent a tragedy, such as Graeme Baker’s, from ever happening again. American Leak Detection is honored to offer their superior service in the installation of Anti-Vortex / Anti-Entrapment Drain Covers.
Graeme Baker, grand-daughter of former US Secretary James Baker III, died as a result of a powerful spa drain sucking her down and entrapping her underwater. Her preventable death led to federal legislation passed in 2007 that requires all public pools to install and maintain Anti-Vortex / Anti-Entrapment Drains before opening in 2009.
With the majority of public pools in the Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas area planning to make the switch over to Anti-Vortex / Anti-Entrapment Drain covers in the Spring of 2009, American Leak Detection is offering installation services as soon as January 1, 2009.