The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), along with eight manufacturers of pool and spa drain covers, have announced a voluntary recall of certain drain covers because they were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. No incidents or injuries have been reported so far.
Pool owners/operators and consumers who have one of the recalled pool or spa drain covers should immediately contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on their make and model. Except for kiddie pools, wading pools and in-ground spas, retrofit or replacement of installed covers are not required in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems or for covers installed before Dec. 19, 2008. CPSC recommends closing any affected pools until the drain covers are replaced.
Coastal Health District officials also encourage residents of communities that have pools to check with their certified pool operators to find out if their community pool is impacted by the recall.
For more information, consumers can call the Drain Cover Recall Hotline at 866-478-3521. For a list of manufacturers and model numbers of recalled drain covers, go to www.cpsc.gov.