Considering that drowning represents the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death among children ages 1 to 14 years, it’s always crucial to monitor kids’ pool activities. But following last week’s announcement of a pool drain cover recall, it’s now even more critical to take extra precautions to ensure that your swimmers aren’t at an increased risk of entrapment or drowning.
On May 26, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of pool and spa drain covers, in cooperation with the following eight manufacturers: A&A Manufacturing, AquaStar Pool Products, Inc., Color Match Pool Fittings, Custom Molded Products, Hayward Pool Products, Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Rising Dragon USA, and Waterway Plastics.
According to the CPSC, the recalled drain covers “were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.” These drain covers were sold and installed between December 2008 and April 2011. If you suspect that the recall affects your drain cover, be sure to visit each manufacturer’s website for photos and additional information regarding the specific recalled drain cover models.
♦ Drowing is the second-leading cause of unintentional, injury-related death
among children ages 1 to 14 years ♦
Depending on the make and model, manufacturers will provide affected customers with a replacement drain cover or retrofit. With the exception of kiddie pools, in-ground spas, and wading pools, a replacement cover or retrofit is NOT necessary in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems.
Whether via Facebook, Twitter, or the traditional telephone, be sure to spread the word about the pool drain cover recall to your family, friends, and neighbors, so that you and all of your loved ones can enjoy the fun, relaxing and safe poolside summer you deserve.