Will Your HOA Pool Drain Meet the New Drain Safety Regulation?

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Here in Indiana, one of the last things on anyone's mind is a swim in the HOA pool.  But on December 19, 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act will require all public and semi-public pools and spas to have anti-drowning drain covers installed on their drains. (This new law does not require private pool and spa owners to comply.) 

This law came into being after the drowning of 7-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, when she got caught in a hot tub drain in 2002.   

As it stands now, those who do not comply will be forced to close or face civil and criminal penalties. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, it will effect hundreds of thousands of pools nationwide. 

If your HOA has an outdoor pool, you will need to install the Federally Approved Drain Cover before opening your pool for the 2009 swim season.  For more information about this new law, you may want to contact your Community Manager or Pool Service Company.  Be safe and be ready for the 2009 season.

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Bob Sloop, Consultant, Indianapolis, IN
RS Mortgage Consulting - Indianapolis, IN

Cyndi, good information, may save some ones life...good post as always...

Dec 16, 2008 10:29 AM #1
Missy Caulk
Missy Caulk TEAM - Ann Arbor, MI
Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate

Cyndi, how are you? So glad I kept you on my dash board, hope all is well and it sounds like you are back in business.

Dec 16, 2008 11:11 AM #2
Thesa Chambers
Fred Real Estate Group - Bend, OR
Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon

we don't have pools to speak of here - too darn cold - but I like the idea of them being drained during the off season - so nice to see you

Dec 16, 2008 04:59 PM #3
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro

Cyndi--Minnesota added pool regulations this year too after a 6 year old died from sitting on and becoming attached by suction to an improperly attached drain in a heath club wading pool. It is an oversight that pools weren't regulated sooner. One that obviously cost lives. Good information!

Dec 17, 2008 12:09 AM #4
Terry Miller
Miller Homes Group - Tyler, TX
Miller Homes Group and Tyler Apartment Locator

Great service info for the community. I hope you and yours have a great holiday season.

Terry MIller

Dec 19, 2008 06:11 AM #5
Jennifer Kirby
Kirby Fine Homes - Minneapolis, MN
The Luxury Agent

Cindy- how are you ?  has it really been a year since we last heard from you? Hope you are doing well!

Dec 21, 2008 12:46 AM #6
Cynthia Sloop
Community Association Manager - Indianapolis, IN

Thank you Bob, Missy, Thesa, Teri, Terry and Jennifer for stopping by and commenting.  It's nice to be back!  My job as a Community Manager keeps me busy.  I've missed everyone!  May all of you have a Great Holiday Season and a Prosperous New Year! 


Dec 22, 2008 02:10 AM #7
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