New Swimming Pool Regulations and LawsOn December 19, 2007, the President signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, named after the daughter of Nancy Baker and the granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker. Graeme Baker died in a tragic incident in June 2002 after the suction from a spa drain entrapped her under the water. The Act specifies that on or after December 19, 2008, swimming pool and spa drain covers available for purchase in the United States must meet specific performance requirements. Additionally, public swimming pools, wading pools, spas and hot tubs must meet requirements for installation of compliant drain covers. New drain covers which meet the current standard are now beginning to make their way into the marketplace. Additionally, in certain instances, public pools and spas must have additional devices or systems designed to prevent suction entrapment. Below are additional references you may find helpful.
Construction Codes2003 International Residential Code (IRC), Chapter 41
2003 International Residential Code (IRC), Appendix G with Amendments
International Building Code (IBC), Section 3109 with Amendments
Barrier and Protection CodesIRC - Appendix G with Amendments
IBC Section 3109 with Amendments
Energy Codes2003 International Energy Conservation Code, Section 504
State of Connecticut ReferencesDepartment of Public Safety
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