Rules change on pool drain covers

September 28, 2011 11:15:52 PM PDT
The federal government has changed course on its rules for pool safety, specifically with the drains. It was 18 months ago that the Consumer Product Safety Commission said pool owners needed to install unblockable drain covers.

The law was in response to several deaths where children were sucked into an open pool drain and couldn't get out or had their insides sucked out.

On Wednesday the commission voted to reverse course and now want pool owners to put in a back-up system that can shut down the drain's suction.

Critics say this places a substantial financial burden on owners of public pools, especially since money was already spent on the drain covers.