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to Protect Your Children
By DAVITA SCARLETT
While parental supervision is generally important for
pool safety, watching children closely
On December 20th, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and
Spa Safety Act will go into effect,
Make sure that drain covers are set up with solid, stainless
steel screws. These red-colored
Install a safety vacuum release system. This mechanical system fits in with the pool pump and recognizes even the smallest changes in pressure on the pool drain in six hundred/thousandths of a second. The system automatically reacts to the weight of a child sitting on a drain, and immediately shuts off power to the pool pump. In a pool without anti-entrapment drain covers, this kind of system would break the vacuum created by the child's body and release him/her instantly.
In the case of a child becoming entrapped, the most important thing a parent can do is not panic. There are ways to save a child if entrapment occurs: Find the shut-off switch for the pool pump as quickly as possible.
Get the child off of the drain by pulling on him/her sideways. Pulling straight up will probably not help, but if you are able to reach around on the side of the child's body and wedge your fingers in there, you may be able to break the vacuum and free the child.
And finally, teach your children to stay away from drains.
Davita Scarlett is a 2008 summer intern for the Brian
Ross Investigative Unit. She is currently a junior at Yale University.