CPSC Raises Concerns Over Pool and Spa Covers Testing and Entrapment Risks

Last year, between Memorial Day and Labor Day, there were 400 swimming pool drownings in the United States, the majority of which were children, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The federal safety agency has investigated the procedures used to test pool and spa drain covers to see if they were sufficient to conclude the flow rate of these covers, and found that the protocols used by some facilities may not have been proper. As a result, some of the covers that have been certified by these facilities may not comply with certain safety standards. Pool and spa drains that use these covers with flow ratings that are inaccurate may fail to prevent the hidden dangers of drain entrapment.

The CPSC will hold a public hearing on April 5 to get answers from three testing labs about the protocols that are used to test pool and spa drain covers. Agency officials say they are specifically doing this to assess the potential impact on consumer safety and understand the changes that are being made to testing procedures.

CPSC reports that since 1990, 130 people have become entrapped on pool and spa drains, which resulted in 27 fatalities. Children are particularly vulnerable to such entrapment. How does this occur? The suction from a pool drain can be so powerful that it can even hold an adult under water for an extended period of time.

If you have a pool or spa in your home, it is critical that you make sure that the appropriate drain covers are in place. Missing and broken drain covers are a major reason why entrapment incidents occur. Before using your pool or spa this year, please have a professional inspect it for entrapment hazards.

If your child has been injured in a swimming pool accident or because of pool drain entrapment, please contact the experienced New Jersey child injury attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein. If your child has been injured due to a violation of safety standards or a company’s failure to comply with these important federal safety standards or due to inadequate testing, our attorneys may be able to help you obtain compensation from negligent parties. Contact our skilled lawyers at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.