From the Office of State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

For Immediate Release
February 16, 2011
Contact: Sarah Gomez, 512-463-0126

Senator Van de Putte Files Legislation to Increase Swimming Pool Safety

(AUSTIN) — Yesterday, Senator Leticia Van de Putte (D-26) filed Senate Bill 710, which protects children and families from swimming pool tragedies. The bill requires a seller to disclose whether a home swimming pool, spa, or hot tub contains a hazardous drain. "Too many Texas children are harmed and killed in pools," said Senator Van de Putte. "This bill requires our home buyers to be aware of dangerous drains, hopefully ensuring more protection to Texas families," added Van de Putte. "The swimming pool and spa industry enthusiastically supports this fine legislation that is tailored for enhanced water safety," said Doug Dinkins, president of the Aquatic Professionals Education Council (APEC).

Since 1980, over 145 incidents have been documented of suction entrapment in swimming pools and spas, including 36 deaths of children. "The new recommendation is a good step toward helping to prevent pool drain entrapments that can lead to drownings. Every pool and spa owner should make sure that their pool is free of drain entrapments or entanglement hazards. Pool and spa owners should check with the Consumer Protection Safety Commission (CPSC), Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, National Swimming Pool Foundation, Independent Pool and Spa Service Association, or their local authority to find out more about safe pool drainage systems," said Gidget Swift, Deputy Director at the American Red Cross. "The public may also contact the Red Cross to learn how to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies in, on, or near the water," noted Swift.

"Although adult supervision is the most effective way to ensure the safety of children, it is crucial that parents know of hazardous conditions to help prevent tragic drowning," said Senator Van de Putte. She added, "The best prevention is always mindful and constant supervision."

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