Santa Barbara
67° F
Clear
Clear
Santa Maria
67° F
Clear
Clear
San Luis Obispo
67° F
Clear
Clear
Ventura
67° F
Clear
Clear

With kids at play, make pools, spas safer

Published On: Feb 21 2013 10:58:45 AM CST
Updated On: Mar 07 2013 12:59:06 PM CST
pool, swimming

istock

By Cris Carl, Networx

While the pool and spa safety act is a federal law that primarily impacts public pools and spas, each state has been adopting portions of the law to oversee those that are privately owed. "Any time there is an OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) related event such as what happened to that child they [the government] always works to make us better," said Larange.

Larange said that different states have focused on differing aspects of the law to make them more stringent. It is important to check state and local laws in relation to pools and spas whether you are installing something new or are retrofitting your pool or spa. Speak to your local building inspector when considering new pool and spa safety measures. DIY Resource: http://www.networx.com/article/with-kids-at-play-make-pools-amp-spas

Some states are currently working on legislation and have no specific regulations relating to private ownership. However, most states are in the process of adopting new legislation. Larange said he expected Massachusetts to have new legislation within the next two years.

Regardless of legislation, there are steps you can easily take as a homeowner to make your pool or spa safer for your children:

Preventing Entrapment

The primary culprit in pool and spa injuries and deaths usually involves entrapment of hair or other body parts that are drawn into a drain or pump. "Entrapment can happen then there are faulty drains or pumps," said Larange. Children are especially susceptible to entrapment due to lighter weight and smaller body size. In addition, Larange said, children often play games in pools and spas, diving to the bottom or seeing how long they can hold their breath, for example.

Larange said that many pools generally have self-priming pumps which draw water into it and are gravity fed. The suction created can hold a child underwater if they come in close contact with the drain.

If you have a pool or spa/hot tub at home, you can retrofit your drains and pumps at a fairly low cost. You can retrofit anti-entrapment drains for about $90 to $150. Larange said that the new anti-entrapment devices/systems are more sensitive to water pressure, and will automatically shut down if water flow is reduced. "In spas, there are also now bottom filters and surface top skimmers. There are check valves that will switch one system to the other if there is more than two pounds of pressure on one of the systems."

Larange said that newer drains are often higher than the surface of the pool or spa with various openings for suction, as opposed to just one opening with much higher suction. "So, if someone brushes up against it, there is plenty of space to draw (suction) from the other side," he said.

Pool Surface Alarms

Larange said that pool surface alarms can also be installed so that if a child sneaks into a pool or spa, the alarm will go off once the surface of the water is broken. "As soon as something splashes in the water, the pumps shut down," said Larange.

There are numerous types of surface alarms. Most transmit a signal to the owner that the water has been breeched. The two types of surface alarms are those that float on the surface of the water and those that detect subsurface wave motion and are installed on the sides of a pool or spa. Both can be adjusted for sensitivity. Subsurface alarms have been noted to work better and have fewer false alarms than surface alarms. Surface alarms range in cost from about $150 to $250. Subsurface alarms cost a bit more ranging from $200 to $300.

The Old Fashioned Way

The most important thing you can do to protect your children is watch them at all times if they are in a pool or spa.

Source: http://www.networx.com/article/with-kids-at-play-make-pools-amp-spas

hometalklogo_250w

Comments

The views expressed are not those of this company or its affiliated companies. Please note by clicking on "Post" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms Of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. 
blog comments powered by Disqus
  • fatal_accident_investigation

    Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    3 Dead In Early Morning Accident, Driver Arrested For DUI

    The 101 southbound through Santa Barbara reopened just before 12:30 Monday afternoon as authorities investigate what they say was a deadly two car DUI accident.

  • girl_child_coughing_sick_whooping_cough

    Contagious Diseases Making a Comeback in California

    Deadly diseases that were a thing of the past are making a comeback in California.

  • Witnesses to Fatal Crash

    Eyewitnesses See Triple Fatal Crash from Roadside Camp

    A homeless couple watching the freeway from their campsite in Santa Barbara this morning, witnessed the triple fatal accident that took the lives of two teens and a young man.

  • fuzion_store_business_santa_barbara

    UCSB Group Boycotts Business For Promoting Deltopia

    A UCSB student group is boycotting a local business for creating the Deltopia Facebook page, which they said brought in thousands of outsiders to the small college town.

  • Triple Fatal Auto Accident on Highway

    DUI Driver in Fatal Early Morning Accident Ordered to Detox Program in 1995

    The Santa Barbara woman arrested for DUI in the early morning accident that left three people dead early Monday morning has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County. Kimberly Kreis, 52, was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.

    The car that Kreis was driving crashed into a disabled Mazda near the Castillo off-ramp of the southbound 101 freeway in Santa Barbara. Two 17 year old North Torrance High School students were killed in the accident- Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo. 20 year old Brian Lopez also died in the wreck. The driver of the Mazda, Eric August, is hospitalized in critical condition.

    A NewsChannel 3 investigation found records out of Ventrua County that appear to show that Greis has at least one prior conviction involving drugs and or alcohol, and in 1995 she was ordered to serve 30 days in a Cottage Hospital detox program.

    CHP investigators are still trying to piece together why the Mazda veered right into a guardrail, causing it to flip onto it's roof before coming to rest in the middle of the southbound freeway, which set into motion the deadly accident.

    CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

  • Parents of Mallory Dies Sue Congresswoman, Her Former Aide, and U.S. Government

    The parents of a young Santa Barbara woman killed in a high profile, DUI case are suing Congresswoman Lois Capps, her former aide Raymond Morua, and the U-S government in federal court.

  • Larry Lee Cal Poly Coach

    Cal Poly Baseball Earns No. 1 National Ranking

    The Mustangs achieved the school's second No. 1 national ranking in Division I as Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has placed Cal Poly atop its Top 30.

  • Lupita Nyong'o

    REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

    People's 'World's Most Beautiful' list 2014

    People magazine recently named Lupita Nyong'o its "World's Most Beautiful" for 2014. See which other ladies earned a coveted spot on the annual list.

  • Slideshow: Extensive Investigation into Triple Fatal Accident

    An extensive investigation is underway to determine the cause of death in a triple fatal rollover accident Monday morning in Santa Barbara.