He said the problem of hair entrapment
is common with children with long hair. "If they're underwater, they
can't scream. They are pulled under and the hair is twisted around the
drain. By the time someone realizes the problem, it's too late."
Keenan said the only voluntary groups
working on spas, hot tubs and whirlpools are the American National
Standards Institute and the International Association of Plumbers and
"The new spas have little pinholes
with a pulling power of 5 pounds of pressure and that should release the
hair if it is caught," Keenan said. "Depending on the age of the
unit, there are probably some bad ones out there."
A spokeswoman for Quality Acrylic Spas,
manufacturers of the unit Brooke died in, asked not to be identified.
She said an Ocala dealer, now out of
business, did purchase their spa shells but did his own installation.
"We have the drains at the bottom
of the spas but they are covered by grates," she said. 'This should
the problem of getting hair tangle
Spokesmen for World Spas I:
Pinch-A-Penny and Central Flor Pools and
Spas said spas should have two suction lines, to relieve pressure. They
said spas approved by Underwriters' Laboratory of Northbrc Ill., have
skimmer-type drains at top of the spas as well as drains at bottom to keep
anyone from be pulled underwater.
"With two suction lines, one stop
pulling if anything like hair comes entangled in it. Any reputable spa
will have them, but it's up to vendor to plumb the spa properly said a
spokesman for Pinch-A-Penny Ocala.
States currently regulating installation
of spas are Washington, Oregon and West Virginia. California is studying
legislation. None has been proposed in Florida.