Drains are an essential part of any pool, a key component of the
filtration system that keeps the pool water warm, chlorinated and free
— and until
someone invents a better way, all that water isn’t draining out of the
pool basin any other way. Unfortunately, pool drains have also been the
root of several catastrophic-injury lawsuits in recent years. Case in
point: In Gary, N.C., a five-year-old girl had most of her intestines
sucked out when she became caught in a drain vortex at a local wading
pool in 1991. Her parents eventually tagged the manufacturer, the county
and the recreation center for a blistering $30.9 million in damages.
In response to cases like this one, some states are passing
legislation to prevent pool users from going down the drain. In 1994,
North Carolina passed a law outlawing single drains in public pools with
water levels less than 18 inches deep. Last year, California passed a
bill requiring, among other things, that all commercial pools be
retrofitted with at least two drains. The theory behind
laws is that two drains split the suction, thus
reducing the risk of injury to users. Manufacturers and product
development companies have also gotten in on the act. At least two —the
Fort Pierce, Fla.-based Vac Alert Inc™. and the Denver-based Fail-Safe
LLC — have developed
safety valves that shut down the suction pump in the event a blockage
occurs. Meanwhile, response in California to the new legislation has
been largely favorable, says Bill Rowley, owner of Rowley International
Inc., who helped champion his state’s bill. In fact, the only hitch
has been the question of who will enforce it. ‘Any bill in California
that makes anybody do anything is controversial," says Rowley.
"But the bottom line is that if this can stop even one of these
accidents from happening, it’s worth it." Supporters of safer
pool design may want to savor their victory. The next battle in
California — enacting
similar multi-drain legislation for spas — may
be significantly harder to win.
New Water Solutions, Inc., Drainsafe™drainsafe.com
nor I, Ron Schroader recommend the use of one product or device over
Products must be implemented as per system/job specific application . It
is the obligation of the installer to understand the intended use and
application prior to installation of any product or device.
We do however recommend the use of products certified via (NRTL)
Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories as per ASME/ANSI A112.19.17
& ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 2007 Standards.
All products must be installed as per manufacturers instructions and be
job site specific to meet the criteria of each individual application.
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