What’s Your Safety System?

Learn the simple steps you need to know to keep your friends and family safe in and around pools and spas.

safety system imagesThe greatest water safety assurance in swimming pools and spas comes from adopting and practicing as many water safety measures as possible. Because you never know which one of these steps will make a difference—until it does.

CPSC’s Pool Safely campaign provides helpful water safety materials, such as brochures, tip cards, videos and public service announcements (PSAs), which recommend multiple safety systems to safeguard children in and around the water.

Since no safety system is foolproof, the Pool Safely campaign suggests that each protective measure be used in conjunction with adult supervision and other types of safety systems. Barriers, alarms and safety covers are critical water safety steps, yet none of them are sufficient to serve as the sole safety system for a pool or spa.

No matter how safe you feel, additional protective measures and safety systems contribute to the overall safety of a pool or spa. These safety systems include:

Barriers

An outdoor swimming pool barrier is a physical obstacle that surrounds a pool or spa so that access to the water is limited to adults.
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Alarms

Alarms for doors, gates, windows and pools or spas are safety features designed to alert adults when unsupervised children enter the area of the pool or spa.
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Safety Covers

A pool or spa safety cover is a manual or motorized barrier that can be placed over the water’s surface, and is easily opened or closed.
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Who is Virginia Graeme Baker?

Seven-year-old Virginia Graeme Baker’s tragic death inspired her family to advocate for pool and spa safety and moved Congress to act to prevent entrapments. 
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The Pool and Spa Safety Act: Staff interpretation and updates

 

Find the most up to date requirements for the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act.