Drain Cover Recall

Eight Manufacturers Recall Pool and In-Ground Spa Drain Covers Due to Possible Entrapment Hazard to Swimmers

This past summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with eight manufacturers, announced a voluntary recall of pool and spa drain covers. The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.  About 1 million drain covers are subject to this recall.

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Portable pools claim a child's life every 5 days

msnbc.com news services
updated 6/20/2011 9:30:35 AM ET 2011-06-20T13:30:35

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — A child dies every five days in portable pools during warm-weather months, according to a new study.

Parents need to be aware that these pools can present the same risks for drowning, especially for young children, as in-ground pools," which are typically thought of as a greater safety hazard, the study's senior author Dr. Gary Smith said.

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Golf Tournament 2011

Thank you to all who came out to show your support at the 4th Annual Abbey's Hope Golf Tournament and Party. We raised over $125,000 for Abbey's Hope!

Special thanks to our great sponsors The Walser Foundation, U.S. Bank and Merrill Corporation!

Our volunteers rock! Thank you to all those who gave their time and talents day of and leading up to the tournament. We could not have done it without you!

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Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation’s Statement from the CPSC Hearing on Tuesday, April 5th

On Tuesday, April 5th the Consumer Product Safety Commission held hearings with several members of the pool undustry regarding current and future pool and spa safety measures. Below is Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation's reaction to the hearings on April 5th.

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Recall of pool drain covers could mean holiday pool closings

By Laurie Ure, CNN

May 26, 2011 10:53 p.m. EDT


  • The Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent government agency
  • The CPSC advises many public pools not to open, citing potentially faulty drain covers
  • The CPSC has announced a recall of about 1 million pool and spa drain covers
  • "We cannot risk a child becoming entrapped in a recalled drain cover," the agency head says

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Pool-safety law called 'botched'

By Gregory Korte, USA TODAY

The incidents are rare, but horrifying.

Children — and sometimes adults, even strong swimmers — can get sucked in by a pool or spa drain, trapping them underwater until they drown or, in some cases, are disemboweled.

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Owning Up to a Boy's Death

The Wall Street Journal

David Lionetti's swimming pool company failed to install a required safety device in a Connecticut family's backyard pool. That triggered the drowning of a six-year-old boy, state prosecutors argued, and led to an unusual homicide case against Mr. Lionetti, the company's president.

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The Dragonfly Story

Excerpted from the eulogy at Abbey Taylor's Celebration of Life Service

Below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were happy, living far from the sun. But they noticed that occasionally, a member of their colony would climb up a lily stalk and disappear from sight, never to return. Where do you suppose she went? wondered a water bug.

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Pool Safety Tips

  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.

More water safety tips