To avoid the potential of pool and spa suction entrapments, the U.S. Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC) recalled dozens of models of drain covers from eight different manufactures. This recall is expected to impact over a million pools and spas nationwide. Pool and spa suction entrapments are a real danger to swimmers. According to the CPSC, from 1999 to 2010 there were 97 suction entrapments nationwide, 12 of which involved deaths. The CPSC recalled these drain covers because they were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water which could pose a possible suction entrapment hazard. The recall is a result of a several month investigation wherein obtained over 17,000 documents from testing laboratories used by the drain manufactures. There has been a strong federal and state government interest in pool regulation in recent years. This interest primarily steams from the 2002 suction entrapment death of 7-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker. On June 15, 2002, Virginia went to a graduation pool party at a friend's house. Shortly after arriving, she entered a hot tub and became pinned to bottom drain. Although two adults were eventually able to pull Virginia from the bottom, she drowned. From this tragedy, Congress passed the 2007 Virginia Graeme Baker Act. This law is requires all pools, spas and hot tubs installed at public aquatic facilities and resorts after 2008 to have water circulation systems which include multiple drains, unblockable drain covers and automatic shut-off valves. The recent recall primarily affects kiddie pools, wading pools and inground spas. It also impacts single-drain pools that do not have an unblockable drain, gravity feed system or drain covers installed before December 2008. The CPSC cautions owners of pools, spas and hot tubs outfitted with the recalled drain covers to stop using the products immediately. Anyone with one of the recalled drain covers should immediately contact the manufacturer to get a replacement or retrofit. The manufacturers of the recalled drain covers are: A&A Manufacturing; AquaStar Pool Products; Color Match Pool Fittings; Custom Molded Products; Hayward Pool Products; Pentair Water Pool and Spa; Rising Dragon USA; and Waterway Plastics.
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