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Pool and Spa Electrical Safety Tips

Posted by on Monday, July 12th, 2021 in Homeowner's Insurance
When it comes to safety in and around the swimming pool or spa, drowning is usually the first danger that comes to mind. However, there is another danger that is shockingly just as dangerous – electrical shock. Fret not, though. We want to advocate for pool safety, so we put together a useful guide that can help you prevent potentially hazardous disasters around a pool or spa.

Follow These Spa and Pool Safety Tips

  • Keep all outdoor receptacles covered and dry – especially those around pools, spas, and other summer water activities.
  • Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) outside. They help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries. Using portable GFCIs also helps increase electrical safety around the pool or spa.
  • All electrical equipment used for swimming pools, even the cleaning equipment, must be grounded.
  • Keep electrical devices and cords at least 10 feet away from water sources.
  • Use battery-operated appliances instead of cord-connected appliances in and around the pool or spa.
  • Make sure nobody handles electrical devices when wet, either from water activities or perspiration.
  • No power lines should be hovering over a swimming pool or spa.
  • Don’t go in the pool or spa before, during, or after a thunderstorm.
  • An electrician should inspect and upgrade your pool, spa, or hot tub per the National Electrical Code (NEC) to avoid electric shock.

The American Red Cross recommends the following plan of action in case you or someone else gets shocked in a pool:

  • Move away from the source of the shock.
  • Get out of the water. Please don’t use a metal ladder as it is an electrical conductor and may intensify the shock.
  • Immediately turn off all power to prevent rescuers from becoming victims.
  • Call or make sure someone else calls 911.
  • Use a rescue hook (shepherd’s crook) to pull the victim out of the water carefully.
  • Position the victim on their back, then check for breathing and administer CPR if needed.

Contact Purofirst of Metropolitan Washington For Property Restoration Services

These tips can help avoid personal injuries. If your property is damaged and requires repairs and restoration, contact our Purofirst professional technicians at (800) 500-2399. Whether it be water damage restoration, mold removal, fire damage restoration, or any other property damage restoration service, our team is here to help you!

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