This year there will be many submerged suction outlet covers being replaced. I heard of one incident where a technician removed debri from one of a dual drain system and was held in place by the suction restarting and no cover in place as it had broken. I have not confirmed this story but it does present a real life situation that could occur. We all know you cannot fix stupid but someone may not be stupid just not educated as to the hazard that could occur by not shutting down the system before doing repair work around such an outlet. What steps are you taking to ensure that those that work with you or for you are taking necessary precautions. What education are you providing for your CPO's and your customers with CPO's? Do you think your local trade organization (APSP, FPSA etc.) should have special meetings on such?
I would check to see what Geogia Constructin Code for 2009 and Building Code state for swimming pools. If the code is using the old ICC codes it will refer to obsolete items and standards which will really confuse all. The new ICC code adoption of ANSI/APSP 7 may not be part of your state code until 2012! This is what has caused so much confusion in NC. You may be able to approach the adoption sooner in your state. Contact your building code council to find out.
The deadline for having anti-entrapment drain covers installed is looming (12/19). We urge you to contact your congressional representative to ask for an extension to allow us to work toward compliance on a reasonable time line. To see the most recent prevention advisor from NSPF that outlines talking points and solicits your input, go to: