They are covers that meet the standards for compliance with anti-entrapment guidelines. An exposed suction outlet (drain) presents a serious danger to children and adults. All drains must be protected by an approved cover. If any outlet cover is broken, loose, or missing, repairs should be made immediately.
What is Suction Entrapment?
Suction entrapment occurs when something or someone becomes stuck to a drain or suction fitting in a pool or spa. It is a serious potential hazard, particularly for children, who are too small to break away.
How can I prevent it?
If your pool or spa has a missing, broken, or just old drain cover, have it replaced with one that is up-to-date and compliant with the ANSI/ASME test standard.
Did you know?
VGB Compliant covers do have expiration dates. The majority of covers are slated to last 5 – 7 years. The Virginia Graham Baker (VGB) Act was signed into law in 2007 and covers were released in 2008. If you have not had your cover replaced since then you are almost certainly do NOT have a compliant cover and are at risk.