With Jacksonville being as hot as it is most of the year, swimming pools are a staple of condominiums and apartment complexes. Unfortunately, we see news stories every year of children injured or killed in swimming pool incidents
One type of danger has been outlawed for public pools. Congress has enacted a law which requires that all pools open to the public be fitted with new equipment to prevent drain suction from trapping children under water. The deadline for complying with the new law is Friday, December 19, 2008.
The National Swimming Pool Foundation says that about eighty percent of public pools in the United States do not comply with the new requirements. It is unfortunate that children may be injured in the future for what is now clearly both a foreseeable and preventable tragedy.