Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers Review Pool and Spa Safety Standards

Summer beckons, and homeowners and parents are turning their attention to their pools and spas.  However, to ensure the safety of family members and guests and avoid liability for personal injury claims, property owners and parents would be well-advised to make sure their pools and spas comply with applicable safety regulations before taking the first plunge.

Pool and spa safety should be high on the radar of all pool owners, as each year over 200 young children drown in pools and hundreds of others are injured, according to the American Red Cross.

Pool and Spa Safety Act

Pools and spas are now subject to regulation under the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, a law named for a seven-year old girl, Virginia Graeme Baker, who drowned in June 2002 after becoming trapped in the drain of her family’s hot tub.  Her parents responded by lobbying Congress for a law that would require anti-entrapment drain covers and other safety devices for pools and spas. Their efforts culminated in a statute sponsored by U.S. Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and signed into law by President George W. Bush in December 2007.

The Pool and Spa Safety Act sets safety standards for pools and spas made in the United States and for “public pools.”  For all pools or spas made in the United States after December 19, 2008, the Act requires that they be equipped with drain covers that comply with entrapment protection standards set by the American National Standards Institute and published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME/ANSI standards.)

A final section of the Pool and Safety Act requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission to inform the public of methods to prevent drowning and entrapment in swimming pools and spas.  The Commission has published an advisory on Staying Safe in Community Pools which suggests that anyone using a public pool or spa check to make sure the pool has the appropriate equipment, including a fence to limit access to the pool, a new safety drain cover that complies with the Pool and Spa Safety Act, pumps that appear to be running, and life-saving equipment such as life rings and reaching poles.

Property owners are responsible to ensure that their pools or spas comply with all applicable laws and regulations.  Anyone injured in a pool or spa should consult with a knowledgeable personal injury lawyer to determine whether he or she has a viable cause of action for damages under premises liability laws.

Cherry Hill Personal Injury Lawyers at Law Offices of Eric A. Shore Represent Victims of Pool and Spa Accidents

If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of a pool or spa accident due to someone else’s negligence, Cherry Hill personal injury lawyers at Law Offices of Eric Shore will fight to obtain the justice you deserve. We have the knowledge to negotiate a fair settlement or to take your case to trial. Call us at 800-CANT-WORK or fill out our online contact form. We handle personal injury claims in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Summer beckons, and homeowners and parents are turning their attention to their pools and spas.

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