Pool Drain Safety – Dangers of Pool Drains – Safe Pool Drain Techniques
A high profile case of a young girl getting sucked into a pool drain in August 2009 drew national attention to pool drain safety and the legal ramifications affecting those with dangerous, code-violating drains.
Florida television networks showed live pictures of a three-year-old child stuck in a pool drain, while rescue workers used respirators and jackhammers to help fight for the girl’s life. The struggle began when her arm became trapped in a skimmer drain. Unable to free herself, she struggled to breathe and faced the threat of drowning.
Dangers of Pool Drains – Pool Drain Laws
Pool drain safety is an ongoing concern throughout the United States in that it is linked with the second highest killer of children under the age of 14: drowning in swimming pools.
In response to the risks of pool drains, Virginia passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, which mandated stricter safety regulations that included flat or dome-shaped drain covers. Pool safety experts believe the drain covers evade the vacuum effect and prevent children from getting suctioned into a dangerous situation.
Public and private pools must adhere to the new law, leaving those responsible for their management liable for damages endured if they fail to use flat or domed-shaped covers.
Filing a Pool Drain Lawsuit
If you or someone you know has been injured due to dangerous drains, you may be eligible to file a claim and receive compensation. To review your case with an attorney, contact the defective product attorneys of Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz at (844) 794-7402.