The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (P&SS Act) was enacted by Congress and signed by President Bush on December 19, 2007. Designed to prevent the tragic and hidden hazard of drain entrapments and eviscerations in pools and spas, the law became effective on December 19, 2008.
Under the law, all public pools and spas must have ANSI/ASME A112.19.8 performance standard, or the successor standard ANSI/APSP-16 2011 compliant drain covers installed and a second anti-entrapment system installed, when there is a single main drain other than an unblockable drain. Whenever we renovate a pool, we are obligated by law to make sure these drains are legal, and if not replace them. Failure to do so can result in a significant fine.
Learn about the possible dangers in pools and spa from drain covers that are missing, broken, or non-compliant with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.