Danger in the Drains: Making Sure Your Pool is Safe (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson - 21 Alive

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 5:45 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - R&B star Usher's 5-year-old son is recovering after nearly drowning in the pool at his Atlanta home. Police say the young boy was sucked into a swimming pool drain while reportedly trying to get to a lost toy.

This is rare but it's no unheard of. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports, over a ten year period, 80 people were injured from pool drains and of those 12 people died.

Many pools have main drains. These drains suck water into them to help keep the pools clean, but in some cases can pose a lot of dangers.

John Denny owns Tredway Pools Plus in Fort Wayne. He says about 4 years ago the government started requiring new pools to have two main drains instead of just one. He says that way the pressure is dispersed differently, and this can avoid accidents. He says the key though is to make sure the drains always have covers.

"It has holes in and allows the water to flow in, has to meet a certain volume, like 120 gallons per minute, to disperse that water suction coming into it so that if something does get over it you still have water flowing though into other areas," said John Denny, President, Tredway Pools Plus.

Denny says this type of scenario is highly unlikely if those drain covers are in place.

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