More stories about Safety

  • Making a Splash with “At-Risk” Swimmers

    When a 2008 University of Memphis study concluded that more than half of all black and Hispanic children are “at-risk” swimmers, the findings confirmed what many already knew (as noted in an earlier

  • Getting the Message

    Teenagers and tweens text at mind-blowing rates.

  • Experts to Address Global Drowning Epidemic

    As summer approaches and Americans head out to community pools, waterparks and beaches, the majority will come home safely, thanks to swim lessons, lifeguards and a focus on water safety.

  • Asthma Fears Prompt Infant Swimming Warning in Germany

    On the heels of a number of studies linking swimming to respiratory issues, a German agency has become the first to recommend that children younger than 2 years old with a family history of allergies avoid indoor pools.

  • 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.

  • On the Hook

    Health, happiness, money, peace of mind — which would you be willing to give up for the rest of your life? Most of us would respond “none of the above