The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act (VGBA)
We Fight for Drowning Accident Victims Nationwide
Drowning kills America’s children more than any other type of accidental cause of death. The Centers for Disease Control has found that drowning is the number one cause of death for children between the ages of one and four. Additionally, drowning accidents injure or kill more children below the age of 14 than any other type of incident.
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act was created by lawmakers to prevent children from dying after becoming entrapped in pool drain accidents. The law means one thing: no person should ever die because they were trapped underwater by a drain. If you or a loved one suffered injuries or death because of a pool or spa drain, someone is at fault for the accident. Call Arnold & Itkin today to begin finding answers for you.
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The Creation of the VGBA
Lawmakers passed the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act in 2007, years after a young girl—the law’s namesake—was trapped and killed by a spa drain. It created regulations for pool and spa drains across the nation designed to prevent entrapment. Specifically, the law requires all drains to have a cover designed to reduce the chance of swimmers getting caught by the suction. In the year of the law’s creation, there were 74 reported incidents of drain accidents. These accidents resulted in 63 injuries and 9 deaths.
The VGBA required all pools to be fitted with compliant drain covers. To be VGBA-compliant, drain covers must make it more difficult for a seal to form between a person and a drain, reducing the chance of entrapment. Additionally, VGBA requires all pool contractors to check the drains of pools they work on for compliance and inform pool owners of their need to upgrade any violating drain covers.
Safety Vacuum Release Systems
To increase safety, the VGBA also requires that pool owners install a safety vacuum release system (SVRS). An SVRS detects the sudden increase in suction, which occurs when a person is entrapped. The system reacts to increased suction by powering down the pool’s pump, giving the trapped person a chance to swim away. These devices can be mechanical or electro-mechanical. Additionally, SVRS functionality is featured within the software of many modern pumps.
Pool Drain Entrapment Drownings Should Never Happen. Call (888) 493-1629 for Help.
Drain covers that meet VGBA regulations are simple to install and affordable. So, besides being legally required, they are also one of the most attainable safety features for any pool. If your family is suffering after a drowning accident caused by a pool drain entrapment, it’s time to hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence.
Arnold & Itkin has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for people nationwide, giving them the financial resources to pay off medical care, recover their lost income, and rebuild their lives. When a serious injury or death devastates a family, they deserve the support and stability that compensation can provide. Our firm has investigated drowning accidents all over the country, helping our clients hold negligent pool managers, aquatic centers, country clubs, and other entities accountable for the harm they caused. If you need an advocate to find out what happened to your loved one, reach out to us.
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