Entrapment Dangers in Backyard Swimming Pools

 In Pool Safety

On Monday, August 5th, 2013, national recording artist, Usher Raymond’s son, was injured in a residential pool incident that left the five-year old boy in the Intensive Care Unit of an Atlanta hospital.

News reports cite that the five-year-old, Usher Raymond V, was playing in the backyard pool when he dove down to retrieve a toy that was stuck in the pool’s drain at which point his arm became entrapped in the drain that was either missing or broken. Attempts were made by both the housekeeper and the boy’s aunt to free him. Fortunately, two audio & visual contractors who were working on the property were able to intervene and free the boy’s arm. They then administered CPR while waiting for emergency services to arrive.

This high-profile incident serves as an important reminder about the dangers that comes along with owning a pool and how important it is to maintain equipment in pools and spas to avoid entrapment emergencies. These reminders are especially important to home owners with pools and spas that were built prior to the enactment of the VGB and ANSI/APSP-7 Standard, which is a thorough avenue in the engineering of swimming pools and spas to help avoid entrapment hazards that are caused by suction, water velocity and mechanical  (the three root causes of entrapment), and also protects against all five types of entrapment; Hair, Limb, Body, Mechanical Entrapment, and Evisceration.

It is important to us that all of our customers are safe when swimming in their backyard, and while is is not required that residential homes meet the safety standards put in place by 2012 International Swimming Pool and Spa Code (ISPSC), and has been adopted by many state and local authorities, we highly encourage that you consider adopting the safety requirements of public pools into your private pool to help protect your friends and family from these entrapment hazards. A pool with a missing or broken drain cover is at the highest risk for such incidents.

Please follow these entrapment safety rules when you are swimming in any swimming pool, residential or public:

  • Do not enter a pool or spa that has a loose, broken or missing suction fitting or drain cover.
  • Immediately notify the pool or spa owner/operator if you find a loose, broken or missing drain cover.
  • Never play or swim near drains or suction fittings.

If you that have a pool with a loosened, broken or missing suction fitting or drain cover, or are concerned about your spools compliance with the ANSI/APSP-7 Standard, please contact X-Pools immediately for an inspection or repair.

For more information on pool safety, please visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/ or http://www.apsp.org/drainsafety

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