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GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC) — The near drowning of musician Usher’s son is highlighting an issue of enormous importance to Alan Korn of Chevy Chase.

Korn has helped champion federal legislation making anti-entrapment devices a requirement in public pools.

However, laws governing private pools remain unchanged and the child safety advocate says parents need to be informed of the potential dangers lurking below the water.

“I’ve seen what it does to families,” Korn said of the deaths attributed to entrapment in pool drains.

To prevent fatalities, Korn strongly suggests using domed drain cover on the bottom of the pool. Unlike flat covers, the dome-shaped varieties ensure drains are unable to form a complete suction field around body parts that come in contact with it.

Distinguishing safe drain covers from their potentially lethal counterparts is simple according to Korn.

“If you can stub your toe on it, it’s probably a safe drain cover,” he said.

Korn says it’s best to avoid pools that do not have proper drain covers or have no covers at all.

Since federal legislation made the devices a requirement in 2008, there have been no deaths attributed to drain entrapment in public pools.

WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report.

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