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Swimming Pool Drain Entrapment


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Swimming Pool Drain Entrapment

 

As summer approaches and school gets out the number of drowning or near groundings in swimming pools throughout the Houston area increases.  One area of specific concern is that of being entrapped by drain, which can lead to very bad consequences.

 

Drain entrapment is when a child is held against the pool or spa drain by the suction from the drain or when a part of the clothing or limb is in trapped in a drain.  The suction entrapment can happen when the child is supervised and usually is totally unexpected.  A recent report indicates that there were almost 100 such incidents in the last ten years and generally there are more non-reported events than reported.

 

There are entrapment prevention devices that comply with applicable standards designed specifically to prevent Pool entrapment accidents.  One of the most effective is the automatic pump shutoff system when a drain is blocked (such as when a child is entrapped) that automatically turns off the drain.

 

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Act was enacted into law in 2007 and designed to help prevent pool entrapment drowning.

 

To speak with a child drowning attorney contact the Baumgartner Law Firm for a no obligation consultation regarding a family’s rights and options.

 

 

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