Taking a dip in the pool on a hot day is one of the best summertime activities. However, there are risks to be aware of. It’s important to remember that water and electricity never mix. Here are some tips to practice swimming pool electrical safety at home.
Keep Electronics and Appliances Away From The Pool
Electronic devices, such as your mobile phone or radio, should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources. This also rings true for appliances, such as your electric BBQ . When possible, you should consider using battery operated electrical devices outside.
Don’t Touch Electronics When Wet
You should never handle electrical devices when you’re wet – whether from the swimming pool or from perspiration. Make sure you dry off your hands and body before touching electronics.
Use GFCI Outlets
Whenever possible, you should use GFCI’s (ground fault circuit interrupter) outside. GFCI’s help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries. It’s a special type of outlet that can detect imbalances in the electrical current and shut off the power automatically before electrocution occurs. According to the NEC, GFCI protection is required for any electrical equipment used by a pool, as well as any outdoor outlets. If you’re unsure if your pool has GFCI protection, or you need to upgrade your outdoor outlets, contact OnTime Service.
Don’t Swim During a Thunderstorm
Thunderstorms are never safe when you’re in the pool. Because lightning often strikes water and water conducts electricity, this puts you at great risk for being killed or injured by a lightning strike. Anytime you hear thunder or see lightning, you should get out of the water immediately and head inside.
Check For Faulty Wiring
It’s possible to get electrocuted if there is faulty electrical wiring to pool equipment, such as pumps, filters, underwater lights, and vacuums. Have a professional electrician check for any faulty wiring that could be putting you at risk.
Have Your Swimming Pool Inspected Regularly
When maintaining proper swimming pool electrical safety, you should consider having it professionally inspected at least once a year. Doing so allows your electrician to thoroughly examine the inner workings of your pool. This helps determine if it’s suitable and safe to use, GFCI protected, compliant to code, and energy efficient. When you’re ready to have your pools electrical equipment inspected, contact OnTime Service!
Don’t Swim With Shocks – OnTime Service Is Here To Help With All Your Birmingham, AL Swimming Pool Needs!
OnTime Service wants you to have a safe summer by practicing swimming pool electrical safety! Whether you need GFCI outlets installed or you need your swimming pool inspected, OnTime is here to help with all your swimming pool needs in Birmingham, AL and surrounding areas. To schedule an appointment today, you can call us at (205) 872-1944 or fill out our online form here so a team member can be in touch.