How to: Avoid Pool or Spa Drain Entrapments

One of the most overlooked swimming pool and spa dangers are faulty drains. Entrapment caused by a powerful suction from a pool or spa’s drain can trap an adult or a child. Your greatest water safety assurance comes from learning and practicing as many pool safety tips you can, including the following about how to avoid pool or spa drain entrapments:

  • Do NOT enter a pool or spa if there are flat, broken or missing drain covers. Hair, arms, legs or any body part that can cover a drain can be held down or caught in a faulty drain cover. Jewelry, bathing suits or other swim gear can become entangled in a faulty drain cover also.
  • Make sure children do not play or swim near drains or suction outlets in pool walls, especially in spas or shallow water pools. Many children’s pools or inground spas have flat drains and single main drain systems that pose the greatest risk for entrapment. Many children will be curious or entertained by the suction from the drain, which can be extremely dangerous.
  • If you see a broken or loose drain cover, immediately tell the pool owner, manager or lifeguard on duty. The pool or spa should be closed until repairs are made or a new pool drain cover is installed. If you have your own swimming pool and/or spa and you think the drains might be dangerous, do not allow anyone to use the pool or spa until you have the situation assessed by a professional.

Teaching adults and children alike about swimming pool safety can make all the difference in your water experience. Inform as many people as you can about the safety tips on how to avoid pool or spa drain entrapments; you can never know which safety tip will save a life!

Posted: Friday, April 27th, 2012 @ 2:18 pm
Categories: How Tos, Pool Safety.
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