Swimming pool and spa safety
Summer Is Coming In Hot!
And That Means It's Pool Time!
Before diving in, it’s good to take some safety measures making sure you have a safe and fun pool season. Proper pool maintenance should be a priority and not overlooked. Here are pool and spa safety tips from The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)
- All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities.
- Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) for electrical devices used outside to help prevent electrocutions and electric shock injuries.
- Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (even the cleaning equipment) is grounded.
- Electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources such as pools and spas. When possible, use battery operated electrical devices outside.
- Never handle electrical devices when you are wet – either from water activities or from perspiration.
- Make sure there are no power lines over a swimming pool.
- Do not swim during a thunderstorm.
- To avoid electric shock, have an electrician inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in accordance with applicable local codes and the National Electrical Code® (NEC).