Myth #2: “But Congress said all pools should have back-up systems.”
Facts: Actually, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB Act) specifically exempted pools and spas equipped with unblockable drains from having back-up systems. Did Congress make a mistake? No, it makes perfect sense not to require back-up systems because as I said yesterday, unblockable drains are the safest, best way to prevent entrapment. Fortunately, there is a new and affordable technology available known as an “unblockable drain cover” that converts a blockable drain into an unblockable drain. Because the Commission found these covers to be equivalent to an “unblockable drain,” people will be able to choose the safest option. If we didn’t, people would be unlikely to install unblockable drain covers in addition to costly back-up systems, and therefore they would not have the safest pools possible.
COMING SOON: Myth #3 - "The VGB Bill focuses on entrapment because that is the leading cause of drowning."
For more information, click here for my statement.
4 months ago