Ill. officials to check pool drain covers after nat'l recall

May 27, 2011 3:38:17 PM PDT
Illinois Public Health officials plan to check drainage gates in swimming pools statewide because of a national safety recall.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 1 million grates because they were incorrectly marked. There's a vacuum effect in drains with improper grates, and it can create enough suction to trap swimmers, especially children, at the bottom of a pool.

Most of these drain covers were installed as part of a new law designed to promote drain safety. Here in Illinois, state officials say they'll send a notice to public pool operators next week and inspect pool grates during this year's normal inspections to make sure they're safe.