Virginia Graeme Baker Pool/Spa Safety Act Is Now In Effect

A new pool/spa safety law, designed to prevent the children from being entrapped by drains, is now in effect. Congress in 2007 passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, named after former Secretary of State James Baker’s granddaughter, who became trapped in a hot-tub drain and drowned in 2002. The law, which grew out of the lawsuit brought by Sickels, Frei and Mims against the spa and drain manufacturer, set new standards for drain covers for public pools and spas, or hot tubs. The standards are optional for existing residential pools. This law requires installation of anti-entrapment drain covers and other systems as outlined in the Act.

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