Facts about the Swimming Pool Safety Act
One of the goals of the swimming pool safety act is to provide layers of protection between a swimmer and danger. In the case of a pool drain, mandated covers make it more difficult for a swimmer to become trapped while underwater. Requiring fences around pools protects small children from approaching them unsupervised. If a parent gets distracted for a moment or stern words of caution prove unequal to a child's curiosity about a neighbor's pool, these safety precautions will help keep a lapse from becoming a tragedy.
The law sets forth more stringent rules for public pools than for backyard pools. Basically, there are four parts to the swimming pool safety act to consider:
- Manufacturers - Drain cover manufacturers must conform to the entrapment protection standards for all goods sold in the United States.
- Government Oversight - States that adopt the minimum standards of the act are eligible for federal grant money to help pay for the program.
- Compliance - Public and private pools and spas must meet the new safety standards, including modifying existing pools and spas to bring them into compliance.
- Education - Participating states must provide programs to educate the public about pool safety and changes in the law. Federal monies will help with this aspect of the act, too.
Although the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for enforcing the Swimming Pool Safety Act, each state will have its own specific regulations regarding swimming safety.
Now, let's take a look at some of the important sections of the act to see how they apply to public and private pools.