Drains can be one of the most dangerous parts of a pool. Why? The three elements that make them dangerous include their suction, force, and their ability to create incredibly strong water circulation. Find out more below and learn what you can do to be safer around drain systems.
What Makes a Pool Drain Dangerous?
- Pool Drain Suction: Think about the end of a vacuum cleaner tube. If you’ve put your hand up to one, you’ve felt the pressure sucking against your palm. A pool drain exerts a much greater suction.
- 100s of Pounds of Force: Flat drain covers can be completely blocked by a body part. The suction can be equivalent to hundreds of pounds of force, meaning it might require multiple adults to remove someone trapped.
- Strong Water Circulation: They also create a strong circulation of water that can attract hair and cause entanglement, increasing the risk of entrapment.
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The ZAC Foundation was established to prepare children and families for a lifetime of water safety. The organization works to strengthen pool safety legislation and fund advocacy, education, and effective programming surrounding water safety. Zachary’s memory is the inspiration for the Foundation’s mission and activities.