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New federal law could affect water parks

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Dec 18, 2008 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
The Orlando Sentinel is reporting that area waterparks are working to comply with a new federal law that requires special safety measures to prevent accidents involving drains that could trap swimmers underwater.

Some underwater pool drains are capable of creating enough suction that a swimmer could be trapped and eventually drown. The Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa safety act of 2007 is a law requiring that public pools install special hardware to prevent such accidents. The law is named for the 7 year old grand-daughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, who died in a similar accident.

Since the law was signed last year, water park operators have been lobbying officials for special consideration, claiming that their drainage systems are vastly different than those of standard pools and the required safety upgrades may not be required.

All of Central Florida's water parks have stated they will be in compliance with the law by the time it goes into effect.

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