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Part of a great vacation on the Outer Banks usually involves swimming at a pool. Whether the pool is at is at a condo, hotel, or house there are some things to keep in mind. Although a fun activity that is enjoyed by young and old alike, there lies a danger just beneath its surface that you need to know about.

It is important to keep in mind that a faulty pool drain cover can lead to serious injuries, and the beginning of the summer season is a good time to review basic safety measures that pool-owners should keep in mind to avoid a disaster.

Since originally enacted in December 2008, the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act requires that anti-entrapment devices be installed on drains that resist UV degradation and prevent body parts from becoming trapped due to suction. The act was named for a girl who died in 2002 when the suction from a spa drain entrapped her under the water.

NSF International, a public health and safety organization, has therefore offered suggestions to help create a safer swimming environment. They include making sure properly-sized drain covers are installed and teaching children not to play with or remove a drain cover.

Moreover, it is a good idea to drain any standing water from the surface of the pool cover, as small children can drown in even the smallest amount of water. Before allowing anyone to swim, the cover should be completely removed.

Lastly, a key to avoiding accidents is responsible adult supervision at the pool side at all times. For additional safety, some people have chosen to surround their pool or spa area by a fence with a self-latching mechanism to prevent unauthorized entry on to their property.

As personal injury lawyers we want you to first be safe, then have fun. Tragically, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports some 300 children under the age of 5 drown each year and 5,000 to 6,000 are severely injured as a result of faulty draining systems in the swimming pool. Please be safe this summer while enjoying a swim at the pool.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper,Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm is based in Virginia (VA), near the NE North Carolina (NC) border and handles car, truck, railroad, and medical negligence cases and more. Our lawyers proudly edit the Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono public information service. Lawyers licensed in: VA, NC, SC, WV, DC, KY.



  1. Gravatar for Jim Lewis

    We love OBX and we want residents and visitors alike to AVOID any injuries. That's why we write about staying healthy and safe. We pride ourselves in providing ways to avoid serious injuries and are genuinely concerned about personal safety. We are not the lawyers who advertise on TV with all those stupid marketing ploys. We are real lawyers who care. We welcome comments from all, but for every 50 good ones there seems to be 1 pessimist. If Mr. John does not appreciate our injury prevention and safety message then he should not read our blogs!

  2. Gravatar for Christopher

    As a tireless promoter of the Outer Banks positive attributes, I have "Outer Banks" registered in our google alerts. We cannot avoid your blog...its our job to call out those who use our moniker for self promotion, at the risk of our casting our community reputation in a bad light. No pessimism here, just not drinkin the cool aid your selling man. Thanks, however, for having the guts not to delete this post. All I,m asking is why don't just say swimming pool danger, instead of "Outer Banks" swimming pool danger. Then I will agreee to not place you in the same category of attorneys who chase...

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