Every year around this time I issue the reminder that May is Water Safety Month. This year is no different as we turn our attention to a safety awareness program sponsored by the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP).
According to APSP President and CEO Bill Weber the best way for adults and children to have a safe and enjoyable time around the pool is by employing what the APSP calls "layers of protection."
Layers of protection is about multiple safeguards starting with continual supervision and carrying through to alarms fences self-latching gates close availability of life-saving equipment and other precautions that can prevent drowning.
Safety precautions also encompass prevention of slips and falls monitoring water chemistry and taking steps to eliminate hazards related to electrical heating or other equipment according to the APSP.
Weber says while many safety precautions are completely voluntary some are mandated by law. One of the most recent is the enactment of safety codes designed to prevent entrapment dangers caused by suction from spa and pool drains.
The codes require new residential pools and spas to have updated drain covers as well as a dual drain Suction Vacuum Release System (SVRS). Owners of older pools and spas can ask their pool service provider to install drain covers that meet safety requirements.