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US Pool Industry Reacts To High Profile Entrapment Scare The issue of drain entrapment hit the headlines in the US when the


5-year-old son of hip-hop artist Usher got his arm lodged in a pool drain and nearly drowned.


On 5 August, Usher Raymond tried to retrieve a toy that had fallen in the drain of a family pool in Atlanta and his arm became stuck. After rescue attempts by his aunt and maid failed, two men working on the property were able to pull him free. In a televised interview, the child’s mother, Tameka Foster Raymond, said the boy was underwater for nearly three minutes.


Usher Raymond was released from the hospital a week later, and his father posted a picture of the youngster back at home with a cast on his arm, playing a board game with his family.


Many have concluded from the nature of the accident and aerial footage of the pool that the drain cover must have been off and that the pool must have only one drain.


Industry professionals thought much of the media coverage surrounding the incident has been constructive and lacked some of the scary undertones which had accompanied past incidents. In this case, reports contained discussions of drain safety and instructed homeowners on how to safeguard their own pools. Some of this coverage involved pool professionals discussing drain


Australia’s SPLASH! Gold Coast Exhibition Selling Out Fast


Show organisers Interpoint Events has suggested prospective exhibitors for the Australian show get in quickly as it is already 80% sold.


Only 25 stands remain for the SPLASH! Pool & Trade Show to be held on 16-17 July 2014 at Jupiter’s Hotel & Casino on the Gold Coast.


The award-winning trade show attracts thousands of pool builders, retailers, technicians, specifiers, developers and aquatic facilities managers from all over Australia, Oceania and South East Asia. “The last exhibition sold out and we had insufficient space for every company wishing to exhibit,” says Simon Cooper of Interpoint Events. “So join some of the leading companies


in the industry such as Pentair, Waterco, Maytronics, AstralPool, Davey, Emaux and Heliocol – just to name a small selection.


“Interpoint Events is committed to providing an exhibition that brings the wet industry together. SPLASH! 2014 will include more education programs, plus regular features such as the awards gala, a golf day, networking reception and hundreds of new products and services.”


The event is the leading pool and spa trade event in Australasia and is supported by SPLASH! Magazine.


SPLASH! Expo +61 2 9660 2113 www.splashexpo.com.au


safety and entrapment-prevention measures, however, some went over the stipulations in the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Act, the only federal law addressing entrapment prevention. With the case being so high profile, many in the industry wondered if government entities might seek to apply VGB’s requirements on commercial pools to residential installations.


Some saw the attention given to the incident as an opportunity to promote pool safety. The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals and the Consumer Product Safety Commission each sent out press releases outlining drain safety.


Some individual companies plan to follow suit with their clients. “I think it’s a good opportunity to drive home a very important safety message,” said Brian Duncan, President of Pitch Perfect Pool Services in Martinez, California. “We plan to put out a letter to our customers. We’re pretty well familiar with most of our customers’ pools, but we’ll offer up a free evaluation and let them know what the cost would be to put in an up-to-date, VGB-approved cover.”


In the Atlanta area where the incident took place, consumers are especially hungry for information with local companies reporting increases in phone calls from homeowners asking if their pools are safe and if they need to make any modifications.


Water-tec’s lights in use at the Caribdis project in Brazil


Things Are Getting Brighter At Water-Tec


Established in 2005 Water-Tec has been providing bespoke underwater LED lighting for the swimming pool industry along with many other lighting projects. Recently, the company has once again chosen prestigious artist William Pye to supply their bespoke colour changing WT4-RGBW LED lamps for Caribdis, Campinas, in Brazil, the third contract awarded to Water-Tec by Mr Pye. His specific requirements were to have a thread fit lamp with a wash colour change using white. The company achieved this by mixing a white rebel LED into each of the colours thus creating the look he specified. Water-Tec has also been chosen by the US Embassy in Iraq to supply their LED swimming pool lighting for their new pool refurbishment project. This project was to supply 18 WT4-flush fit high powered lamps and niches, along with over 2,000 metres of cabling and power supplies. To complement their range of bespoke LED lighting, Water-Tec and Binary Electronics are about to launch the very latest smart lighting control system which uses state-of-the-art technology and incorporates a powerful ARM processor with DMX512 or Zigbee radio control. This cutting-edge technology will allow users to control their lighting via a desktop, tablet or smartphone from one system.


Water-Tec 01235 536616 www.water-tec.co.uk


80 October 2013 SPN www.swimmingpoolnews.co.uk


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