Some VGB fittings recalled

Several years ago a law went into effect called the Virginia Graeme Baker (VGB) Pool & Spa Safety Act. This act created more demanding safety requirements for suction fittings for hot tubs, spas and pools. The VGB Act resulted because a young girl, Virginia Graeme Baker, drowned in her family’s hot tub after becoming trapped underwater in a broken drain. To read more about this act and Virginia you can visit http://www.poolsafely.gov/pool-spa-safety-act/virginia-graeme-baker/.

Previous regulations from the 1980s assured that all suction fittings were safety fittings, but only so long as they remained complete and undamaged. The VGB Act was intended to mandate safe suctions even in the case of such failures, and VGB compliance became mandatory for all drains and suctions sold after 2008. Recently some drain and suction fittings that were sold as VGB compliant have been recalled because they were rated incorrectly.

Here at Almost Heaven we wanted to make sure to set your mind at ease. We have checked with our suppliers and none of the drains and suctions we have sold are part of the recall.

You can be confident that any equipment you have bought, or will buy, from Almost Heaven always meets the highest of safety standards, but for fittings especially sold prior to the VGB Act, it’s incumbent upon you to make sure that all suction fittings and drains have covers that are undamaged and securely in place.

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