The Virginia Graeme Baker Act

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 If you own or manage a public pool, According to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007 (Full Version), and you were not in compliance by December 19, 2008 your pool could be shut down. Don't wait until it's too late!

Being forced to close your pool for noncompliance has many negative implications. A swimmer injured in your pool is even worse. Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of accidental deaths and injuries in children happen in or at a pool. Avoid this by updating your pool safety products today. Not only will you meet the Safety Act's standards but also your swimmers will benefit from additional layers of protection.

The recent Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (Apsp Summary) has mandated additional safety methods to avoid suction outlet entrapment. According to the National Safe Kids organization more than two-thirds of parents (66 percent) are not at all or only somewhat familiar with the topic of suction entrapment and entanglement. According to the CPSC, there are five categories of potential suction entrapment hazards and there is no single product that protects against all five-entrapment hazards.

The five hazards are:
  1.       Hair entanglement
  2.       Body suction entrapment
  3.       Limb entrapment
  4.       Evisceration/disembowelment
  5.       Mechanical entrapment
Supervision is always your primary layer of protection. Implementing safety precautions and products at your pool is your best line of defense. Knowing what these layers of protection are and their benefits, gives you the tools to make informed decisions.

  Learn more about all the layers of protection available to you.

As a property owner or manager with a swimming pool under your direction it is imperative that the following devices are in place and in working order or you could face fines and immediate pool closure. Let our trained and qualified technicians assist you to this end. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.
Anti-Entrapment Covers
All suction ports within the pool must be fitted with an anti-entrapment device. We recommend and install the following product: Paramount Pool &  Spa Systems’  SDX High Flow Safety Drain™ boasts a flow rate of 200gpm compatible with pumps up to 3hp. Installed with at least 2 SDX drains teed together to comply with split suction codes, SDX serves as a wall drain and also as a floor drain if debris removal is not a concern. SDX is available in eight colors for concrete, vinyl, and one-piece pools. Call today for pricing and availability!

Vacuum Release Systems
The IntelliFlo VS+SVRS pump is the revolutionary way to both reduce energy costs and meet the desire for the safest possible pool. This “intelligent” pump can cut the pool portion of utility bills 30% to 90%, saving you hundreds of dollars per year and thousands of dollars over its long life. This tremendous improvement in efficiency translates directly into impressive savings. IntelliFlo VS+SVRS features an exclusive blend of technology innovations that enable you to typically slash pump-related utility costs: IntelliFlo VS+SVRS is also the first pump with an integrated Safety Vacuum Release System (SVRS), which provides an important layer of entrapment protection. Its built-in controller and proprietary software detect blockage of the drain and automatically the pump off within seconds. IntelliFlo VS+SVRS meets ASME A112.19.17.2002 standards, thereby complying with new Federal legislation related to public pools (Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety Act), as well as a growing number of state and local statures for residential pools where entrapment protection measures are required.

The Hayward Stratum VRS is the industry's only SVRS (System Valve Release System) to both vent the suction to the atmosphere and turn off power to the pump. It meets and exceeds all relevant ASME/ANSI performance standards.
  •       Automatic restart in protection mode eliminating nuisance tripping
  •       Complete internal system check
  •       Directly monitors and reacts to changes in suction outlet systems
  •       Meets or exceeds all relevant ASME/ANSI performance standards
  •       Installs in as little as one hour
Stratum is effective in monitoring the suction pressure in single or multiple suction outlet (drain) systems, which share a common suction line. It features an automatic restart after certain activations and is programmed with an internal checking system that performs performance diagnostics during each start-up.

Now, add the additional layer of swimmer protection provided with an integrated Safety Vacuum Release System. The most valuable and responsible addition you can make to your pool. Go to our Contact Us page to submit your request today or call 1-888-838-pool to speak to a representative. 
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