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Safety tips for the home pool

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ATLANTA (CBS46) -

Even though school is starting for many children, it stays warm enough to swim in Atlanta well into the fall months.

CBS Atlanta News talked to a pool expert about what equipment should be in place to help make the pool safer.

Greg Stephens with Pinnacle Pool Services has been servicing pools in the metro Atlanta area for 17 years.

"Close the valve where the pump is sucking through it," Stephens said.

Stephens told CBS Atlanta News that a pump without a cap on it can turn pool fun into an unnecessary tragedy. And that's often what causes kids to be sucked under by the drain system.

Stephens said pools are now required to have two drains to avoid this problem.

"Instead of the suction being 100 percent, on each line has 50 percent of the amount of suction. Fifty percent less suction is much safer," said Stephens.

A law passed in 2007, the VGB Act, requires owners of older pools to add a special drain cap.

The law was enacted after a young Florida girl was killed by being pulled under in her family's pool.

Stephens said when swimming at a private home pool there is no one actually making sure the safety standards are being followed, unlike at a commercial pool.

Experts say the best safeguard is to not leave kids unsupervised in the pool.

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