We have written previously on the requirements of the new law that requires new drain covers on pool filtration systems. It now appears that children’s lives are being put at risk in swimming pools across the country as government agencies waffle on how to enforce the new federal law. The covers prevent children from being caught in the suction, disemboweled, and completely eviscerated. Safe Kids USA, a Washington-based nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing injuries to children, is greatly concerned. Despite the dangers – and the federal law – many pools are not in compliance with the law. The law went into effect December 19, and pool operators have known about it for more than a year. The law applies to all pools with public access, including those at hotels, apartments and residential communities. But experts advise owners of residential pools to make the modifications, as well.
Complicating matters further is the different way that states are enforcing the law. Because the agency overseeing the law – the Consumer Product Safety Commission – is so small, that agency is looking to state public health and safety departments for help. And some states and towns are being more lenient than others at enforcing the law. Safety experts say there should be only one standard: “saving children’s lives.” Still, many states are allowing pools to remain open, or at least they have not begun inspecting the pools and actively shutting them down.
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