• Court Awards $6.7 Million After Pool Accident

    by AQUA Editors December 2014

    A man who suffered extensive burn injuries while working on pool equipment has been awarded $6.7 million. 

    According to the story from The Desert Sun, Victor Regalado was testing a propane line in an underground vault in 2010 when it exploded. The propane, used for heating the pool, had accumulated in the vault and ignited during the...

  • Avoiding Electrical Missteps

    by Paolo Benedetti October 2014

    Electrical safety in swimming pools and spas is governed by Article 680 of the National Electric Code along with a number of other sections of the code. Because the requirements are complex and ever changing, complying with the letter of the standard can be challenging. Here expert builder Paolo Benedetti shares a...

  • NY Settles $5M Crypto Suit

    by Eric Herman October 2014

    After nine years of litigation and legal wrangling, New York State recently reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit stemming from a 2005 outbreak of cryptosporidium. Over 2,500 plaintiffs will share $5 million paid by the state as reparations for infections suffered after being exposed to the waterborne disease at the Seneca Lake spray park from June 1 to August 17, 2005. 

    The settlement coincides with the publication of the Model Aquatic Health Code, a sweeping document...

  • Blog: The Gravity Drain Advantage

    by David Sutherland August 2014

    David SutherlandFor both kids and adults, few things are as attractive as a swimming pool when the weather’s hot. Whether it’s public or private, a pool is often the center of summertime fun and swimming is usually a healthy, safe activity. Although every adult and most children are aware of the danger of drowning for those who can’t swim, few may know of...

  • Under A Sweltering Sun

    by Cailley Hammel July 2014

    photo of a thermometer under a sunny sky

    As a lifelong Arizonian, Michael Rodarte is used to the heat of the Southwest. But when he left a career in finance for a fresh start as co-founder of Classic Pool Service, he found himself a bit surprised by how hot it can really get outside the confines of an air-conditioned office.

    “There’s a difference between...

  • How to Test a Swimming Pool Bonding Grid

    by Paolo Benedetti June 2014

    Accomplished aquatic designer and builder Paolo Benedetti is passionate about the details of proper construction and adherence to applicable codes and standards. In that spirit, he shares a simple method for testing a pool’s bonding grid, a necessary measure to help ensure bather safety.

  • Pool Chemicals Send Thousands to E.R.

    by Cailley Hammel May 2014

    According to a new study, injuries from pool chemicals led to nearly 5,000 emergency room visits in 2012, underscoring the need for pool professionals to educate customers and their families about the hazards of pools chemicals. 

    The research, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that nearly half of these injuries involved children...

  • Faulty Pool Wiring Leads to Electrocution

    by Cailley Hammel April 2014

    A 7-year-old boy from the Miami area died after being electrocuted in the family swimming pool, and authorities suspect the pool light is to blame. 

    According to local sources, Calder Sloan and his brother, Caleb, were at home with their nanny of four years and her 22-year-old son, Gary. Calder and Gary jumped in the pool, and Gary felt a shock, prompting him to...

  • April 2014 Safety Product Focus

    by AQUA Editors April 2014 562-5667

    BABY-LOC Removable Fencing is the first removable fencing good enough to...

  • Faulty Pool Heater Exhaust Vent Proves Fatal

    by Cailley Hammel January 2014

    Last summer, tragedy struck at a Best Western Hotel in Boone, N.C. when carbon monoxide fatally poisoned three people. The culprit? The swimming pool heater, which had a faulty exhaust pipe — riddled with holes and supported by a VHS tape and a hotel ice bucket — that leaked the gas directly into room 225.

    Daryl Jenkins, 73, and Shirley Jenkins, 72, were the first victims — yet when authorities noted the couple died of natural causes, room 225 was opened six weeks...