Be Aware: 5 Types of Entrapment

There are five types of entrapment. Be aware of all five and learn how to protect yourself and family from danger:

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  • Hair entrapment
          Hair can become entangled in an improperly covered drain.
  • Limb entrapment
          Arms or legs can get lodged and may not be able to be pulled free from an improperly covered drain, even if the pumps are turned off.
  • Body entrapment
          Any part of the body that covers a drain can be held down by the suction.
  • Evisceration
          Sitting on a drain with suction or a broken or missing cover can cause injuries or disembowelment.
  • Mechanical entrapment
          Fingers, toes, and items such as jewelry or a bathing suit can become entangled

No single means of protection is effective against entrapment

You will need to decide what works best for your new or existing pool or spa — whether it’s multiple drains, a single "unblockable" main drain, a safety vacuum release system, an equalizer line, or any of several solutions.

Always be sure to check with your APSP professional to make sure your pool is built or serviced to meet the ANSI/APSP-7 2006 Standard. APSP offers its members continuing education and certification to ensure they are up-to-date on safety regulations and devices such as in the ANSI/APSP-7 2006 Standard.