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" Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act  "
Author: Konchesky, Terri/ Key, Nancy
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: January/February 2010

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act went into effect December of 2007. The law requires that antientrapment drain covers and other safety systems be installed in public pools and spas. Pool and spa operators were given one year to comply, so the enforcement period is already in effect.  The Act also includes provisions for grant funding to states, but funds have not been appropriated by the federal government to date. When available, these funds may be used to hire and train enforcement personnel and to educate pool owners, operators, and companies about the Act and about preventing drowning and entrapments.  Code Talkers column. 

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