Swimming pool drains continue to attract attention of swimmers, parents, pool service professionals, pool builders, and the government not only because of the number of accidents reported, but also the grueling nature of the suction entrapments. Pool drains are another important element to consider when examining pool safety Northern California. This is because, there may be more deaths related to pool drain suctions that haven’t been reported. Nonetheless, now that we know pool drains can present dangers to swimmers, we need to take measures to prevent deaths and injuries. Here are some of the pool drain safety measures to take:
Install suction prevention and release systems
When you understand how suctions occur in swimming pools, you can have preventive measures put in place. Professionals in the pool service industry can help in this. You may want to have special drain covers installed or ensure there are filter pumps having multiple drains. When you have multiple drains, it means that even if one drain is blocked, it is unlikely that it will generate a suction. Safety-vacuum release systems may be put up to help stop the suction.
Swimmers to keep their hair from drain covers
When swimming, people should keep their long hair away from the drain covers. They can use a bathing cap or try to pin their hair when going to the water. Most hair entanglements involve females with long hair swimming near the suction outlets. When the water flows into the drain, it sweeps the hair, which may be trapped by the grates or around the cover. The hair may be tangled in the protrusions or holes of the drain cover thus causing the head of the victim to remain held underwater. Also, most of the accidents related to drain outlets involve people who have their hair length reaching shoulder or even longer.
During the time kids are swimming, supervise them and never allow them to play in a way likely to allow the hair get near a drain cover. Watching over the kids play in pool allows you to act appropriately and warn them when they seem to make blunders.
Repair and replace broken drain covers
If you have broken or missing drain covers, you should first shut down the pool until you have it replaced. Do not allow people or kids to swim in a pool that has defective drain covers. It will put them at risk of drowning or being injured. When installing the drain covers, you can look for the special anti-entrapment covers.
Taking these measures can help ensure pool safety Northern California. It helps prevent the dreadful pool accidents and drownings resulting from suction entrapments.