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All public pools have new safety guidelines

Sunday, May 17, 2009

SIKESTON -- As the time to open pools for the summer nears, there seems to be more and more interest in the safety of pool drains, likely prompted by new legislation.

"We get calls every day on it," said Jill Sherrill, retail manager for Sunset Pools and Spas, which stores in Sikeston and Poplar Bluff. "People are concerned about it."

The federal law, which applies to public pools only, was named for Virginia Graeme Baker, 7-year-old granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker III, who drowned in 2002 after being trapped by the suction from a spa drain.

"The main drain at the bottom of the pool is where the pump circulates the water through the main drain and the skimmers and keeps the pool clean and puts the chlorine in it," explained Bob Bell, owner of Show-Me Pools and Spas in Sikeston. "It can be pretty strong sometimes, and is what held the kid down who drowned."

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