Recently the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was signed into law. In order to help our clients get ready for the new standards we have set up this section with more information on the new laws as well as a list of many of the new products that will help bring your pool up code. Complying with the new law will ensure that your are not fined and your pool does not get shut down.
We understand that many of you have not budgeted for this so we are doing our part to offer you the best possible prices on all of these products.
Below is a description by the Consumer Product Safety Commission on how to comply wit the new law. We have also provided links to other relevant documents regarding the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.
In Order to Comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act by December 19, 2008, ALL public pool owners/operators must:
Install drain covers that meet the ANSI/ASME A112.19.8–2007 standard on EVERY drain/
grate. A list of cover manufacturers can be found at www.cpsc.gov/whatsnew.html#pool
Install an automatic shut-off system, gravity drainage system, Safety Vacuum Release System
(SVRS), suction-limiting vent system or disable the drain, if the pool operates off of a
SINGLE main drain. Pools and spas with unblockable drains are exempt from this
requirement. A list of SVRS manufacturers can be found at www.cpsc.gov/whatsnew.html#pool.
Ensure that dual or multiple main drains are at least 3 feet apart.
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Pools And Spas Not Open On December 19, 2008 Are Not Required To Be In Compliance
Until The Day The Pool Or Spa Is Re-opened!
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The new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act requires all new drain and grate covers
be certified to all applicable standards starting on November 12, 2008.
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CPSC staff recommends that to ELIMINATE and not just MITIGATE the drain entrapment hazard
in pools and spas, pool owners should disable old drains or build new pools without any drains and
use gutters, overflows and/or skimmers to provide water to the pump.