More stories about SAFETY

  • Accessing ADA

    After more than 20 years on the books, the Americans with Disabilities Act now includes provisions that officially address aquatics facilities.

  • Nothing’s Perfect

    As with any kind of building regulation, those familiar with the pool/spa requirements now part of the ADA have already run into tough spots, wrestling with seeming contradictions they believe may actually compromise those with physical impairments.

  • Five Types of Entrapment

    Generally speaking, an entrapment occurs when a person comes in contact with an improperly protected suction outlet, and a part of their body, jewelry, clothing or hair is entrapped, entangled or held down by the force created by the pump.

  • Secondary Systems

    Ultimately, SVRS’s and automatic pump shut-off devices rely on correct installation to function properly.

  • The Great Debate

    Every day, aquatics professionals choose and install safety vacuum release devices.

  • Entrapment Diagram

    When the drain is blocked, water is no longer fed into the suction line, causing the low pressure point or “vacuum” at the pump impeller to lengthen until it reaches the drain and holds down whatever is causing the blockage.

  • On-site Solution

    Among the possible vacuum-breaking systems named in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act is a suction-limiting vent.

  • Running on Empty

    On July 29, 2009, Seattle was blazing. The Emerald City had just reached 103 degrees Fahrenheit for the first time in recorded history.