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Friday, August 9, 2013

Usher’s Pool Scare Renews Focus On Safety Issues

A safe drain cover, left, and a dangerous drain cover, right, according to Abbey's Hope Charitable Foundation. (Abbey's Hope)

A safe drain cover, left, and a dangerous drain cover, right, according to Abbey’s Hope Charitable Foundation. (Abbey’s Hope)

R&B star Usher had a terrible scare when his son almost drowned in the family pool. The incident occurred when the five-year-old’s arm got stuck in an uncovered pool drain.

The suction created by a pool drain can exert a force equivalent to the weight of 500 pounds.

Federal and state legislation applies only to public swimming pools. Advocates are trying to change that.

What precautions can people take to make their pools safe?

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