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The son of RB star usher nearly drowned on Monday after his arm got caught in a pool drain.
The -- on frantically called 911.
At the edit I have magnate.
Yeah I don't -- about my nephew is within the food.
And he Oklahoma.
You win I can be an immediate and yeah.
I couldn't get much help again and they got a magnet to a PPI believe.
Any parent listening to that it's just shattering two men working at the house jumped into the pool they save this young boy.
The pool drains are notoriously dangerous take a look at how the suction holds down this big ball on your screen what can parents do then.
To make sure their pool -- the neighborhood pool is safe.
Alan Korn as -- executive director at -- -- for charitable foundation dedicated to pool safety good to see you down.
And good morning Gretchen you know we had a case like this in the town that I live in Connecticut and and -- little boy passed away and you know it it's a horrible situation I think drowning is the number one killer of children what can we do.
Yeah I know that story while in Connecticut -- unfortunately the vast majority of parents.
And pool and spa owners and operators don't realize how dangerous the bottom of -- pool can be.
And I in this particular case that the ushers child went into the pool saw -- toy ate at the bottom of the pool this is what the bottom of the pool looks like.
And the toy probably got into the.
Area and then he went in to get it -- got in trapped in here and got sucked didn't and that happens far too often people don't realize.
How dangerous the bottom of the -- OK so you want to make sure that your pools compliant with the Virginia Graham baker pool and spot safety act first -- all.
What is that and where does that apply to.
Yeah a very good question the Virginia Graham baker pool and spa safety act.
With the first piece of legislation ever passed by congress to address.
Pools and spas in this country only public pools and it changed the way pools are maintained and built in this country.
To make sure that you can put safety devices and required to put safety devices on the bottom of public pools to prevent these type of things from happening.
And it's very important for will stuff.
To comply with this law OK so what you're talking about it and don't kind of a cover.
I think that that is only applicable or required for public pools so if somebody has a private -- they need to request this kind of cover.
A very good point you have to -- pool and spa owner and operator.
To ask for what is called an anti entrapment drain coverage dome shape hopefully you can see it.
All all on the screen instead of flat which are the dangerous ones the federal law applies to public pools.
-- pool was a private pool so -- been important for him to know or the poor people.
At that particular house to know about this and make sure that they drains were on tight end they were the right type it drains and.
And this is that that to the safe type the drain that you can use sorry Alan real quickly I wanna get to the last thing which is a safety vacuum release system what is that.
Yeah that's an automatic shut off about that if you.
If if the pool -- save some suction it can automatically shut the pump off and then you just don't get the entrapment.
And you want him parent should know about these safety devices and in particular that drain cover make sure there on install properly maintained properly the right drain cover.
And you could prevent these things from happening you know it like it it's so horrible because parents worry about the kids not being able to know how to swim right and -- -- -- -- -- great swimmers and this could still.
Happen Alan Korn a perfect person to talk to -- thanks so much for your -- today.
-- thanks a lot.
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