Pool & Water Safety – Prevent Electric Shocks

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  • If you see someone experiencing an electric shock while swimming, turn the power off and call 911. Throw them a life ring, but do not enter the water.
  • Never use electrical appliances in or near water. Once an appliance is plugged in, it is a source of electricity whether it is turned on or off.
  • Outside electrical outlets should be covered and kept dry.
  • Keep pool skimmer poles away from overhead power lines.
  • Electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from pools and spas. When possible, use battery operated electrical devices outside.
  • Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools (such as cleaning equipment) is grounded.
    Never swim during a thunderstorm.
  • Look for signs of faulty equipment, such as pool lights that flicker.
  • Have all electrical components of your pool inspected. After building a new pool or when moving into a home with a pool are good times to do this, but you should also have older pools inspected periodically.