In Florida, we get to enjoy the benefits from pools and spas nearly all year long. It is important, especially as summer approaches, to be aware of our safety near and around pools when it comes to electricity. By following some safety tips, you can avoid death or injury due to electrical shock. Burley Electrical Services is here to share some safety tips to help keep you safe as you enjoy the benefits that come from pools and spas.
Can You Get Electrocuted in a Pool
When people think about risks around pools, their first thought is usually drowning. It is important that you realize there are other inherent dangers that come with swimming as well and one of them is electrocution. There are several electrical risks that can be found around pools and it is important to be aware of all of them. Following are some that you should always keep in the back of your mind:
– Faulty underwater lighting systems
– Aging electrical wiring
– Sump pumps, vacuums and pressure washers that aren’t grounded
– Electrical appliances that include televisions, radios and more.
Electric Shock Drowning Signs
The first step in keeping yourself safe is to know the signs that come from getting electrocuted while you are swimming. Here is what you should be looking for:
– When a swimmer is experiencing electrocution in the water they may feel some tingling sensations. You may also experience muscle cramps and the inability to move even though you are trying.
– Watch for unsettled or panicked behavior in those that are swimming around you. Especially be aware of others that are swimming frantically away from an area.
– Look for flickering lights underwater or other signs of faulty lighting systems.
Swimming Pool Electrocution Prevention
Following are some tips to help you avoid electrocution when swimming:
– Never swim after, during or before there is lighting or thunderstorms.
– Know where all the electrical switches are and know how to cut power to the pool in the case of an emergency.
– Have your pool’s electrical system inspected annually to avoid any electrical concerns.
– Keep all electrical wires and junction boxes at least five feet from the water.
– Use battery operated appliances such as radios and televisions when you are using them near your pool.
– Keep a fiberglass hook near your pool in case you need to help someone who is experiencing electrical shock. The current will pass through the two bodies if you come in contact with someone getting electrocuted.
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If you are unsure whether or not your pool is safe from electrical problems, you need the help of the professionals at Burley Electrical Services to ensure it is. We have the training and experience needed to make sure your pool deck is safe for all the swimmers that will be enjoying it. It is our goal to keep all of our customers safe from electrical shock. Call us today!