4 Electrical Safety Tips for your Pool & Spa
Summer: The season when our hair gets lighter, our skin gets darker, the water gets warmer and life is better! I think most of us can agree that Summer is the best season of the year. It's also one of the busiest seasons with so much planning and preperation to be done so that you may actually enjoy your time with family and friends.
This is a friendly reminder that among all the chaos, pool safety should not be neglected. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports 14 deaths related to electrocution in swimming pools in recent years. Here are a few safety tips to ensure a safe, enjoyable pool experience.
1. Check for proper GFCI protection. All outdoor receptacles (especially near pools and spas) should have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection. In addition to the receptacles, all pool equipment such as pumps, heaters, lighting ect. should also be GFCI protected. A Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter is designed to reduce the risk of electrical shock by de-energizing or opening the electrical circuit when it detects current flowing along an unintended path (possibly through water or through a person).
2. Never use Extension Cords near a pool. Electrical devices should be at least six feet away from the water. This is required by the National Electrical Code to prevent an accidental contact of electrical equipment with the body of water. An extension cord would defeat the purpose of these codes and therefore should not be used at all around or near swimming pools, hot tubs or spas. Also, you should never handle any electrical equipment while you are wet.
3. Regulaly have your pool inspected by a trained and licensed electrician. Ask you electrician to verify the pools electrical system including the following points:
Test the GFCI protection to the equipment and outlets serving the pool and pool area.
Make sure that all electrical equipment maintains an adequate ground.
Check and test electrical bonding of all pool equipment and any metal objects (ladders, diving platforms, ect.) or concrete surfaces.
Make sure the installation meets all local and national codes.
4. Turn off the Power. In the event that someone is being shocked, immediately turn off all power. If the power is not turned off, a would be rescuer could also become a victim. Call or have someone else call 911. For a more tips on Electrical Safety In and Around Pools visit the CPSC.
Be safe. Always call a qualified, licensed electrician when servicing or repairing any electrical pool wiring or equipment.
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