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Article Launched: July 28, 2008

Pools are important to many guests, especially familes traveling with young children — but they are also an area where safety issues are paramount.

In December, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was signed into law, and this new Federal law supercedes all state pool codes. Named after the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, this law requires all public pools (including hotel pools) to be equipped with anti-entrapment drain covers compliant with ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standards. And in an effort to prevent hair entanglement, covers may not have a suction/flow of more than 1.5 cubic ft/sec. If a pool or spa is not currently equipped with a compliant cover, it must be retrofitted by December 18, 2008. According to the non-profit Pool Safety Consortium, anti-entrapment safety devices are recommended, including:


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