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Pool Entrapment

April 19, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
With spring feeling more like summer, many families are getting ready to hit the pools to cool off. But in some pools a potentially deadly danger sits right beneath the water line.As summer approaches, more and more spa and pool owners are busy prepping for a fun and safe season.

Zane fisher is replacing his old drain this year. One reason, because it's broken. The other, he has a young daughter at home.

Between 1999 and 2007, there have been at least nine deaths in the United States linked to entrapment injuries.

Former President Bush signed the Pool and Spa Safety Act in 2007, forcing seasonal public pools and spas to be compliant with the newer, more safe drains by the day they reopen in 2009.

Heather Heinks with the Fresno City Parks Department said all of their public pools will be in compliance by June 15th.

Though the law doesn't include residential pools, Jon Hefferman said his pool service business has been keeping busy.

A new drain will cost you between $220 and $280 dollars. Add that to the cost of draining and refilling your pool, and you're looking at spending a whole lot more.

The City of Fresno has four full size pools and five learner ones. They're spending $60,000 dollars to retrofit all of them with the new safety standards.

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