CEO, pool company plead guilty in Greenwich boy's drowning

Debra Friedman, Staff Writer
Published 09:11 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, 2011

STAMFORD -- A pool company president expressed remorse Wednesday in state Superior Court as he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide stemming from the 2007 drowning death of a 6-year-old Greenwich boy.

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Flaws found in tests of pool drain covers

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched an investigation into varying testing standards; other problems have surfaced as well.

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Pool drain covers have undergone faulty evaluations, failed safety tests

Chicago Tribune
Monday, February 7, 2011

By Patricia Callahan

Feb. 7, 2011 (McClatchy-Tribune News Service delivered by Newstex) -- CHICAGO -- Equipment meant to prevent powerful drains from causing people to drown in pools and hot tubs is being used across the country even though the products underwent flawed safety evaluations, then failed subsequent, more stringent tests, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found.

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Fatal Suction Entrapment Occurs at Bahamas Resort

A 33-year-old Missouri man died after becoming entrapped in a hot tub at the Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort in Nassau, Bahamas.

John Van Hoy Jr. of Liberty, Mo., was vacationing with his fiancée in December when he became stuck to a drain while soaking in the tub, according to Brais & Brais, attorneys retained by the victim’s family.

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CPSC Pool Safely Campaign Partners with Industry on Education and Outreach

November 4, 2010
Release #11-032

Pool and Spa Industry Association to Become Campaign Safety Partner and Serve as Information Hub for Industry and Consumers

LAS VEGAS - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) today announced a strategic partnership with the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) for the agency’s Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives public safety campaign. Announced at the International Pool, Spa, & Patio Expo in Las Vegas, the partnership includes APSP working with CPSC in 2010 and into 2011 to promote the Pool Safely campaign to the pool and spa industry. As the newest Campaign Safety Partner, APSP will play an important role in helping to reduce the number of drowning, near-drowning, and entrapment incidents each year by working with its members and customers to make compliance with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act and education priorities. This Pool Safely campaign is part of CPSC’s national information and education program associated with the Act.

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New Pools, Hot Tubs Must Have Alarms To Protect Against Children Drowning

Written by
Scott Broden

A Tennessee law that took effect this month requires new swimming pools to include alarms, but not everyone is convinced it will prevent children from drowning.

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Pool-safety Advocates Decry Loss of Drain Backup Rule

With summer in full swing, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has kicked off a pool-safety campaign.

By Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY
Congressional backers of a law designed to prevent deaths and injuries from pool and hot tub drains say the Consumer Product Safety Commission watered down the measure by siding with the pool industry.
Members of Congress and the parents of victims are hoping to persuade CPSC to reverse its position as public pools across the country open to throngs this holiday weekend.

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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