Texas ranks sixth in the nation for accidental drowning deaths. While pool accidents will happen we believe there are simple, cost effective steps you can take to minimize the risks, especially those related to entrapment drowning. Implementing the safety guidelines outlined in the legislation passed by the US Congress a couple years ago is a good beginning.
In 2007, Congress passed the "Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act" which deals with standards for drain covers as well as various drain safety systems that reduce the risk of suction entrapment. All pools built in 2008 or later are required to meet these standards. (Standards are currently under review by the Consumer Product Safety Council.) Existing pools are not subject to the legislation, although they can be retrofitted to incorporate the measures outlined in the legislation. We strongly encourage pool owners to have their pools meet these standards.
Virginia Graeme Baker
In 2002, seven year old Virginia Graeme Baker (granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker) died from entrapment drowning at the home a friend. Her death brought national attention to the hidden danger of entrapment drowning. Virginia was a member of the community swim and diving team but she was helpless against the suction force that pinned her underwater
at the drain of a hot tub; a suction force that measured at hundreds of pounds. Determined to not let her daughter's death be in vain, Virginia's mother Nancy worked to raise national awareness of pool and hot tub entrapment dangers, including testifying before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 2004. Ultimately Congress passed the "Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act" in 2007. At this point in time it is up to the individual states to adopt this federal legislation. Hopefully Texas will adopt it soon.
Telephone: (281) 303-5261
The Woodlands, Texas 77382