Three years after its introduction by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D) Florida, countless testimonials, and much activism, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act was approved by Congress. It was incorporated into the omnibus energy bill approved by Congress on December 19, 2007 and signed by President George W. Bush. Keep updated on the VGB Pool and Spa Safety Act, anti-entrapment drain covers, safety vacuum release systems, compliance by public and private pool owners, ongoing issues, and enforcement of the law by the CPSC and other health and safety organizations.
Requiring the use of proper devices, such as anti-entrapment drain covers and fences/barriers, through the establishment of a grant incentive program in order to encourage states to enact comprehensive pool and spa laws.
Educating the public about drowning prevention
Establishing a federal swimming pool and spa drain cover standard.
Ensuring public pools are equipped with proper safety devices.
pool safety. By establishing a federal safety grant program, the bill hopefully will increase public awareness of preventing suction entrapment and employing "layers of protection" barrier requirements around pools and spas.
Learn the story behind the little girl who died as the result of becoming entrapped in the drain of a hot tub. She is one of many who have drowned or become disemboweled because of the force of pool or spa drains' powerful suction.
Pool and Spa Safety Act FAQs
APSP Answers FAQs
The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) has compiled a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safey Act. The association's FAQs are periodically updated; these questions were posted on the APSP site on January 30, 2009.
CPSC Answers FAQs About VGB Act and Compliance
Both the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the State Attorneys General are empowered to enforce the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. Find out answers to other questions as the CPSC addresses issues, concerns and confusion surround the act and anti-entrapment drain covers.
Follow these layers of protection mandated in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act to make your pool or spa safer.