Pool & Spa Safety Equipment
Using appropriate safety equipment is critical to ensuring the safety of public swimming pools or spas. By using equipment that is compliant with the P&SSAct, pool operators and owners provide the highest level of protection for the public.
To comply with the P&SSAct, public pools and spas in the United States must employ entrapment protections established by the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8 performance standard regulating swimming pools and spas.
Pubic pools and spas must use compliant drain covers. For pools and spas with a single main drain other than an unblockable drain, they must be equipped with secondary safety devices or systems designed to prevent entrapment by pool or spa drains and that meet the Act’s requirements.
CPSC staff supports the technical requirement of the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard, which calls for field-built sumps to have a depth, when measured from the bottom of the cover to the top of the outlet piping, of 1.5 times the diameter of the piping.
In addition to having a drain cover or other anti-entrapment device that complies with ASME/ASNI A112.19.8-2007, public pools and spas with single, blockable main drains must have additional protections by using one of the following systems or devices:
All drain covers must be compliant with the ASME/ANSI A112.19.8-2007 standard.