NSF International is reminding owners and operators of seasonal public pools that new legislation, which took effect in December 2008, now requires the installation of anti-entrapment devices that meet the new Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGBPSSA) before the pools are opened for the season. The VGBPSSA Act was adopted to help protect children from life-threatening injuries and deaths from potentially dangerous pool and spa drains.
“While pools that are open year-round were required to install appropriately sized suction fittings that complied with the VGBPSSA by December 20, 2008, some seasonal pools that closed before this date may still need to upgrade these devices to be in compliance,” said Richard Martin, NSF Recreational Water Business Manager. “In addition to testing other recreational water system components, NSF is also involved in testing and certifying suction fittings in accordance with these new requirements.”
Pool owners and public health officials can obtain a list of products that have met the new requirements on NSF’s Web site, at www.nsf.org
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