Take Precautions Against Potential Electrical Hazards In Pools
Summer is here and for many members that mean staying cool at the pool: playing water games, swimming laps, or floating along at a relaxing pace. While time at the pool can be refreshing, we want to remind members of the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas.
“Some members may not realize the dangers of electric shock drowning (ESD),” says Matt Thomas, BGEnergy’s Safety Coordinator. “It can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water, which passes through the body and causes paralysis, and ultimately results in drowning.”
We urge swimmers and pool owners to follow these safety tips.
Tips for swimmers:
- While in a pool, hot tub or spa, look out for underwater lights that are not working properly, flicker or work intermittently.
- If you feel a tingling sensation while in a pool, immediately exit the water while avoiding using metal ladders or rails.
Tips for pool owners:
- If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub or spa, be sure the wiring is performed by a licensed electrician who is experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
- Have a licensed electrician periodically inspect and — where necessary — replace or upgrade the electrical devices or equipment that keep your pool, spa or hot tub electrically safe. Have the electrician show you how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.
- Make sure any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a diving board. If you have any doubts, contact us at 888-546-4243.
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