Don’t Swim With Shocks: How To Best Practice Electrical Safety In The Pool
Swimming in the pool on a hot Milwaukee, WI summer day is one of the best summertime activities. However, it can also be a dangerous activity if electrical safety isn’t practiced. It’s important to remember that water and electricity don’t ever mix. Here’s how to best practice electrical safety in the pool this summer.
1. Keep All Electrical Appliances Away From Water
Electronic devices, whether it be your electric BBQ, radio, or mobile phone, should always be kept at least 10 feet away from any source of water. When possible, consider using battery-operated electrical devices while outside this summer.
2. Don’t Touch Electronics While Wet
Not only should you keep electrical appliances away from water, but you should also make sure you never handle electrical devices when wet. Whether from the swimming pool or perspiration, make sure to dry off your hands and body before touching electronics.
3. Use GFCI Outlets
GFCI’s, also known as ground fault circuit interrupters, are a good investment for every homeowner. GFCI’s help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries. It’s a special type of outlet designed to detect imbalances in the electrical current. If the GFCI detects any electrical imbalance, it’ll shut off the power automatically before a possible electric shock injury takes place. According to the NEC, GFCI protection is actually required for any electrical equipment that’s used by a pool – along with outdoor outlets. Contact the pros at Roman Electric to upgrade your outlets today.
4. Don’t Swim During A Thunderstorm
Did you know lightning often strikes water and water conducts electricity? This is why it’s never a good idea to swim during thunder and lightning. If you swim during a thunderstorm, you could risk getting injured or killed by a lightning strike. Anytime you hear thunder or see lightning, you should take that as a sign it’s time to get out of the pool and head inside.
5. Check Your Wiring
Faulty electrical wiring can cause electrical injuries, such as electrocution. If your pool equipment – such as pimps, filters, underwater lights, and vacuums – have faulty wiring, you should have a professional electrical check it out and replace it as needed.
6. Have Your Pool Regularly Inspected
A regular pool inspection at least once a year will help ensure you stay safe every summer. The electrician will thoroughly examine the inner workings of your pool and help you determine if it’s suitable and safe to use. Not only that, but an electrician will also make sure it’s GFCI protected, compliant to code, and energy efficient.
Don’t Swim With Shocks – Contact The Pros At Roman Electric Today For All Your Electrical Needs!
Roman Electric is one of the largest electrical contractors in Southeastern Wisconsin. Having served tens of thousands of satisfied residents since 1929, we are a name you can trust. Count on us to keep your home safe and secure by making sure your electrical system is in tip top shape. Contact us today by calling us at 414-369-3798 or contact us online here so a team member can be in touch with you soon.