The Electric Safety Foundation International (ESFI) offers a few pool and spa electrical safety tips.

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Hot weather and summer schedules usually means that many of us are spending more time poolside or in the spa this time of year. If that is the case with you, here are a few pool and spa electrical safety tips you should keep in mind. GRDA passes them along from the Electric Safety Foundation International:

  • 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. Portable GFCIs require no tools to install and are available at prices ranging from $12 to $30.
  • 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 drowning, have an electrician inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in  accordance with applicable local codes and the National  Electrical Code®  (NEC).

Keep these tips in mind. Your friends at GRDA wish you a safe and happy summer!

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