The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) staff is participating in voluntary standards activities related to pools, spas and hot tubs. Staff is participating in ASTM F15.49 Pool Safety Standards Subcommittee activities to develop requirements and guidelines to address pool safety issues.
Approximately 280 children under 5 years old drown in pools each year nationwide, and an additional 2200 are treated in hospital emergency rooms for submersion incidents. Most of the incidents involve residential pools. Additionally, CPSC staff is aware of incidents involving entrapment associated with the pool and spa circulation systems that have led to injuries and death.
CPSC staff continues to work with standards and code development organizations to create new and revise existing standards related to pool safety. The CPSC staff is developing a comprehensive guideline to provide consumers, legislators, and code developers with information on the latest product standards and technology regarding swimming pool and spa safety. The guideline outlines the use of various safety devices and establishes their proper use to reduce the likelihood of a drowning incident. Staff plans to complete the guideline in 2007.