Risk Management Tip
Keeping your pool safe for summer fun
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and the American Red Cross together are recommending electrical inspections for all public and private pools, especially older pools. To protect yourself and your family from faulty underwater or poolside wiring, follow these tips:
- Know where all the electrical switches and circuit breakers are located for pool, hot tub and spa equipment and lights and how to turn them off in an emergency.
- Keep electrical cords, wires and products out of reach and at least 5 feet from the water. Examples include temporary or permanent wires (e.g. telephone, television), light strips, rope lights, and extension or power cords. If an electrical product falls into the water, unplug it before touching it, DO NOT reach into the water until it is unplugged.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) are the best protection against electrocution. You should test permanently installed GFCIs at least monthly to assure continued protection. GFCIs should be installed:
- On underwater lighting circuits operating at more than 15 volts.
- On electrical equipment, including 120-volt and 240-volt heaters close to the pool.
- On all outdoor receptacles, and receptacles within 20 feet of the water’s edge
For more information on how to fortify your pool this summer, read this from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.