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    March 11, 2011

    CPSC Holds Drain Cover Meeting

    The U.S. government’s top regulatory agency is ramping up its investigation into swimming pool and spa drain coversRead More

     
     
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    February 25, 2011

    CPSC Vote Elicits Partisan Wrangling

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to remove allowances given to certain unblockable drains in the federal pool and spa safety lawRead More

     
     
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    February 11, 2011

    AquaStar Ceases Authorized Installer Program for Recalls

    Drain-cover manufacturer AquaStar Pool Products has terminated its authorized installer program that was established to implement this year’s product recall.Read More

     
     
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    February 11, 2011

    CPSC Sets Public Comment Deadline

    The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments regarding the deadline for newly required commercial-drain retrofits.Read More

     
     
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    January 28, 2011

    Entrapment Claims Removed from Suit

    The first known plaintiff to cite the Virginia Graeme Baker Act in a wrongful-death lawsuit is no longer claiming that her husband died from an entrapment.Read More

     
     
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    January 28, 2011

    What Would You Do: Drain-Cover Recall

    Just before Memorial Day weekend, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced that approximately one million drain covers were being recalled.Read More

     
     
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    January 28, 2011

    Drain Entrapment Suit Filed in Texas

    A Texas family is suing a fiberglass installer, claiming their pool had workmanship problems, including one that resulted in brief entrapment incidents involving their children.Read More

     
     
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    January 28, 2011

    CPSC Approves APSP Drain Cover Standard

    As of Sept. 6, an APSP standard will take over for the long-standing ASTM language naming the parameters a drain cover must meet to comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.Read More

     
     
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    January 14, 2011

    A Tepid Reception

    When the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was passed in December 2007, the industry took it very seriously.Read More

     
     
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    January 14, 2011

    Unreasonable Risk

    Until I began working at Pool & Spa News, I never gave any real thought to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.Read More

     
     
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    January 14, 2011

    New Drain Ruling May be Imposed

    A new U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission proposal calls for many commercial pools with unblockable drains to be altered.Read More

     
     
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    November 12, 2010

    SVRS

    Every day, in the midst of the bitter rivalry, politics and regulatory battles surrounding suction vacuum release systems, pool builders and service techs live quiet lives installing the devices.Read More

     
     
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    November 12, 2010

    The Five Types of Entrapment

    Generally speaking, an entrapment occurs when a person comes in contact with an improperly protected suction outlet, and a part of their body, jewelry, clothing or hair is entrapped, entangled or held down by the force created by the pump. There are curreRead More

     
     
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    November 12, 2010

    Entrapment Diagram

    When the drain is blocked, water is no longer fed into the suction line, causing the low pressure point or “vacuum” at the pump impeller to lengthen until it reaches the drain and holds down whatever is causing the blockage.Read More

     
     
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    November 12, 2010

    On-site Solution

    Among the possible vacuum-breaking systems named in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a suction-limiting vent.Read More

     
     
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    October 29, 2010

    VGB Grant Requirements Too Stringent for States

    As expected, no states applied for federal grant money available through the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.Read More

     
     
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    October 15, 2010

    Media Slams Industry

    The battle over terms in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, as well as two highly publicized, particularly tragic drownings, has spurred a wave of negative press.Read More

     
     
  • October 15, 2010

    In the Media

    Pools have been taking a beating in the press lately. Whether it’s a particularly tragic drowning, VGB publicity or just a random rant, there have been a number of reports denigrating the product and, in some cases, the industry as well. (See our story.)Read More

     
     
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    October 15, 2010

    Manufacturer Halts Production of a VGBA-Approved Cover

    Pool industry groups are joining together in Texas to push for new safety legislation.Read More

     
     
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    October 15, 2010

    Drain Cover Report Leaked to ABC News

    An ABC News story claiming that four popular VGB-approved drain covers were unsafe caused some to suspect that competing forces improperly leaked preliminary information.Read More

     
     
 
 
 
 

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