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Govt changes course on pool safety rule

September 29, 2011 • Business


FILE – In this March 18, 2009 file photo, the fit of a new pool main drain return vent covering which is suppose to help prevent suction accidents is checked in Miami. Federal regulators are changing course on a law aimed at keeping swimmers, especially children, from getting trapped in pool drains. The new guidance requires public pools with a single main drain to have a back-up system that could shut the suction of the drain. Previously, operators of those pools were told they could fit their drains with a special cover designed to prevent entrapments. (AP Photo/David Adame, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Thousands of public pools in cities and towns nationwide will be taking a fresh look at their safety systems after federal regulators changed course Wednesday on measures required to keep swimmers, especially children, from getting trapped in pool drains.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-2 to revoke guidance it provided pool operators nearly 18 months ago about how to comply with a sweeping 2007 law aimed at preventing drain suction from trapping swimmers under water. The law was passed in response to several horrific child entrapment deaths, including the 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of Login to read more

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