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All swimming pools & spas in the United States MUST be in Compliance with
The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool Safety Act.   

Photo, Virginia Graeme Baker

On December 19, 2007,  President George W. Bush signed into Federal Law, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act of 2007.    The law is named from the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III.  In 2002 at the age of seven, Graeme Baker died in a spa after the powerful suction of a drain entrapped her underwater.   The new law is intended to increase the safety of swimming pools and spas by motivating states to pass laws that incorporate layers of protection in order to help prevent drowning, drain entrapment and hair entanglements.

Enforced by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the law dictates that "All Public pools and spas must comply by December  19, 2008."  All pool and spa Main Drains and Suction Outlets must have compliant covers embossed with "ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007".   This code has brought world-wide attention, and commercial pools are encouraged to contact their local health department for most up-to-date information. 

FAQ's provided by CPSC re: Main Drains and Equalizers
These FAQs are unofficial descriptions and interpretations of various features of CPSIA and do not replace or supersede the statutory requirements of the new legislation. These FAQs were prepared by CPSC staff, have not been reviewed or approved by, and may not necessarily reflect the views of, the Commission. Some FAQs may be subject to change based on Commission action.

CPSC's Enforcement Position

ABC News Good Morning America Video - Showing the importance of this Safety Law  


Parrish Pools Co., Inc. makes no warranties, expressed or implied regarding these covers.  It is the responsibility of the customer to seek the advise of a pool professional.  Unfortunately, Not all states and governing agencies follow the same standards.  (i.e. - Some states require the GPMs rated at 1-1/2' per second; other states do not.  Some states prefer different drain covers.  Check with your local health dept codes.  This is a new, and very complex law.  Some pools will require the simple replacement of the cover; other facilities may need additional work in order to be VGB Compliant.  

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