General Pool Safety - Pool Safely
S.R.Smith cares about pool safety. Pool Safely is a national public education campaign that works with partners around the country to reduce child drownings and entrapments in swimming pools and spas.
Pool Slides - Consumer Product Safety Commission Standard for Swimming Pool Slides
All S.R.Smith Swimming Pool Slides are independently tested and verified to be fully Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) compliant.
What you need to know.
Nearly everyone in the industry is familiar with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act (VGB) but there is also another important safety standard for Swimming Pool Slides that most folks are not aware of - 16 CFR Part 1207. Not quite as easy to remember as VGB but just as required.
16 CFR Part 1207 is the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commissions (CPSC) Safety Standard for Swimming Pool Slides. “This standard is applicable to all swimming pool slides manufactured after July 17, 1976” and covers everything from manufacturing materials to design and performance testing requirements, as well as, provides recommendations regarding installation, maintenance and intended use; with the ultimate goal being to reduce or eliminate unreasonable risks.
Who is the CPSC?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) is an independent regulatory agency formed on May 14, 1973, under the provisions of the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). The purposes of the Commission under the CPSA are:
(1) To protect the public against unreasonable risks of injury associated with consumer products.
(2) To assist consumers in evaluating the comparative safety of consumer products.
(3) To develop uniform safety standards for consumer products and to minimize conflicting State and local regulations.
(4) To promote research and investigation into the causes and prevention of product-related deaths, illnesses, and injuries.
(5) To administer and enforce select federal laws.
Why Should I Care About Slide CPSC Certification?
Because without it you put your business at risk. Slides that do not fully conform with the standard can place your clients at risk and ultimately your business. CPSC certification ensures compliance with a mandatory federal standard, enables the safest product experience for your customer and helps reduce your business risk.
How Do I Make Sure I am Buying a CPSC Compliant Slide?
Most of the time it is simple. Look for manufacturers who promote compliance on their website, in their marketing materials or on the product itself. Additionally, all CPSC compliant slide manufacturers are required to provide a Certificate of Conformity with each slide they manufacture. These certificates can be part of the packaging or can come as a separate dedicated document. Regardless of the form factor a CPSC compliant slide manufacturer will be able to provide supporting compliance documentation upon request. To confirm your preferred manufacturer's compliance with this federal safety standard, request a copy of their compliance documentation. If you are unable to ascertain their compliance information, then you should question the validity of your preferred brand's compliance claims.
CPSC Slide Safety Fact Sheet
Diving Boards - The Diving Board Safety Network
S.R.Smith is proud to have pioneered the Diving Board Safety Network (DivingBoardSafety.net), a web-based resource center dedicated to diving board safety. The mission of the Network is to present a fresh perspective on diving board safety – through relevant diving studies and statistics, diving safety articles, safe diving protocols and installation standards – that ensures a safe and fun diving board experience for the whole family. So go ahead, dive in and learn more about safe diving, then check out S.R.Smith's complete line of diving boards.
Safe Diving Video
Pool Access - The Americans with Disabilities Act
All S.R.Smith pool lifts meet the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Access Guidelines.
What is ADA Compliance?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (www.ada.gov) was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA is one of America's most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life, including access to swimming pools. All S.R.Smith Pool Lifts are ADA compliant.
ADA Compliant Lift Explanation Video
ADA Compliance Summaries
S.R.Smith Builder Support - Peace of Mind Insurance Program
For more than 80 years, S.R. Smith has been making products that enhance a pool’s value, safety and fun. We are committed to supporting the businesses that sell and install our products, and who help ensure their safe enjoyment. This is precisely why we created the S.R.Smith PEACE OF MIND program.
Peace of Mind Program