Regulating Pools

Blackfork notes that after many years of suggesting that pools kill far more kids each year than guns do, the federal government has actually started to regulate pools.  I think we need to stop giving them ideas.

2 Responses to “Regulating Pools”

  1. Tom says:

    well, this is a different case. This smells of one of those laws named after one kid.

    It shouldn’t be a law.

    “He said one person dies because of pool or spa drain suction in a typical year”

    If it saves just (literally) one person….

    any guesses on the unintended consequences?

  2. The expense of the law IS its own unintended consequence. I ran the numbers (and did a post) and the law forces people to spend a _minimum_ of 240 million dollars and will save _maybe_ 30 lives in the next 30 years. Talk about a crappy rate of return.