VGB Regulations


Drain cover Press Release

Pool owners and operators who have one of the recalled drain covers listed in the CPSC press release should contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit. 

The CPSC recommends closing the pool until the drain cover/s are replaced. This recall applies to dual main drain and gravity drainage systems, unless they are wading pools or in-ground spas. Note: Wading pools and in-ground spas do not need to be immediately closed.

For more information, contact the Drain Cover Recall Hotline at 866-478-3521.

The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act, named for the Granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker. In 2002, at the age of seven, Virginia Graeme Baker died in a tragic spa accident after the powerful suction of a drain entrapped her underwater. This bill passed to ensure that every pool and spa is safe for all ages to enjoy. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act calls for mandatory compliance in all pools and spas, to prevent suction entrapment.

Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act

  • Requires each swimming pool or spa drain cover manufactured, distributed, or entered into commerce in the United States to conform to specified entrapment protection standards accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and published by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). Considers the standards to be a consumer product safety rule issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
  • Establishes a program of grants to states to: (1) hire and train enforcement personnel; and (2) educate pool construction, installation, and service companies, pool owners and operators, and other members of the public. Conditions grants on a state imposing certain requirements by statute, including: (1) enclosure of residential pools and spas to prevent small children from gaining unsupervised access; and (2) drain entrapment prevention devices and systems on all pools and spas.
  • Requires the CPSC to establish and carry out a public education program on methods to prevent drowning and entrapment in pools and spas.

For further detail about this act, see VGB Safety Act Information

For Frequenly Asked Questions, please visit the APSP website here.

Further spa safety information, click here

See our complete list of Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Safety Compliant Products, in Pool  Drains, Inlets & Fittings Category