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NEW POOL SAFETY RULES
By Paul Pennington, Contributing
SWIMMING pools have always been associated with summertime fun and relaxation for families across the country - until the unthinkable happens.
Swimming pools have always been associated with summertime
fun and relaxation for families across the country – until the unthinkable
Not all children are as lucky as Jessica Balcazar, who was saved after being underwater for more than 2 minutes by her quick-thinking friend, who promptly turned the spa off. A frightening and often underreported occurrence, suction entrapment can result when a swimmer is “sucked” onto a pool or spa’s powerful water circulation system, much like the way the hose of a vacuum cleaner will stick to a person’s palm. The force of this suction can be tremendous – up to 500 pounds of pressure or more for a main drain with a standard pump! Despite this risk, pools can still be enjoyed safely when the proper safety precautions and devices are in place