Important New Law
This season, all public pools must be in compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. This federal law mandates that they must have anti-entrapment drain covers installed. Pools that have a single main drain must have additional protection like an automatic release system that shuts off the pump and prevents swimmers from getting caught in the powerful suction. These precautions are also important for home pools and hot tubs. When you're at a public pool, follow these safety essentials as well:
- Swim only when a lifeguard is on duty, but don't rely on her to supervise your child.
- Always have one hand on your baby even if he's in an inflatable ring, and make sure that young kids are in arm's reach. No child should ever swim alone.
- Don't allow kids to dive into less than EIGHT feet of water. Never permit diving in an above-ground pool.