Tips for Pool/Spa Owners

  • Install anti-entrapment drain covers.
  • Get a safety vacuum release system (SVRS) installed on your pump. This is an emergency sensor that automatically shuts off suction if a drain is blocked.
  • If the pool/spa is new, be sure to have at least two drains installed, in parallel or use a no-drain circulation system. If your pool is older, consider retrofitting your pool/spa with multiple drains. (Requirements can vary from state to state so be sure to check your local regulations to be sure.)
  • Damaged or broken drain covers are dangerous—replace them immediately and do not use the pool. It’s a simple fix, yet one of the most important factors for pool and hot tub safety.
  • According to government safety guidelines children should not be in a hot tubs for longer than five minutes at a time. Infants and Toddlers should not be exposed to the dangerously hot temperatures at all.
  • Use a safety cover on larger pools when not in use.
  • Make sure the water in your pool/spa is always clear and you can see the bottom. If not, inform you pool/spa service professional.
  • Make sure your pool/spa is compliant with the requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act and if your pool/spa is in Minnesota, make sure it is compliant with the Abigail Taylor Pool & Spa Act.

The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.
  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.
  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.
  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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