Pool and Spa Safety Checklist
Suction-based drains found in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas pose hidden dangers for younger children. Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among child ages 1-4. Drain covers are the best way to combat against a drain’s strong suction. The Virginia Graeme Baker Act requires that all public pools and spas have drain covers that meet their standards
Pool Drain Checklist to Ensure Drain Safety
Below are some things you should always confirm for your drain cover:
- Is the cover(s) covering all outlets and inlets of your pool or spa?
- Does the cover have any breaks or cracks that require replacement?
- Are there any loose or missing screws on the drain cover?
- Is the cover securely fastened?
- Have children been warned prior to entering the water to not play with or near drain covers?
General Pool, Hot Tub, and Spa Safety Advice
Aside from ensuring that anti-entrapment drain covers are installed correctly, here are some things you can do to make sure your child is safe in any pool, hot tub, or spa:
- Talk to your children about the dangers of drains before they head into the water
- Ensure that an adult is always supervising children in the pool or hot tub
- Considering investing in a pool safety net or mesh pool fence to keep kids away from the water in the case of minimal adult supervision
- Ensure that long hair is always tied up in a ponytail or bun before children head into the water
- Ensure that children have all jewelry removed before entering the water