Summertime Pool Safety

Who doesn’t enjoy time in a swimming pool during summertime? Although pools offer great leisure activities, they also pose serious hazards, especially those related to electricity. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),  the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported 14 deaths related to electrocutions in swimming pools from 2003 to 2014. Therefore, we recommend you abide by the below helpful safety tips when installing and using a pool.

  • Hire a licensed electrician who is experienced in pool installations and is well versed in all of the related requirements to install all necessary wiring
  • Ask the electrician you retain to teach you how to turn off all power to the pool in the instance an emergency occurs
  • Ensure the electrician installs ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to protect against electric shock and electrocution
  • Test the GFCIs on a monthly basis
  • Verify that all of your outdoor receptacles have covers that keep them dry
  • Make sure overhead lines are the proper and safe distance over the pool
  • Keep all electrical devices, appliances, equipment, and cords at least 6 feet away from the water
  • Do not handle electrical devices while wet
  • Learn CPR and basic water rescue skills
  • Install appropriate barriers to secure your pool
  • Actively supervise children
  • Turn off all power to the pool if you believe a swimmer is being shocked
  • Utilize a rescue hook that does not conduct electricity to help the swimmer exit the pool if he or she is being shocked
  • Move away from the shock source and get out of the water if you feel as if you are being shocked while in the water
  • Always remember to call 9-1-1 if an emergency situation transpires

 

Source: The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)