Are you in the businesses of operating or installing pools, waterslides, spas or equipment that relies on water? Take a few minutes to brush up on your water and electricity safety with these great tips from the National Fire Protection Association, so you can focus on your work - with no shocking surprises.
- Be sure the wiring or any new pools, hot tubs, spas are performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
- Be mindful that outdoor receptacles are properly covered to keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.
- Ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) are special devices designed to protect against electric shock and electrocution. They may be in the form of an outlet or a circuit breaker. Test the GFCIs monthly according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be kept at least 6 feet away from the water. When possible, use battery operated appliances and equipment, such as televisions, radios, and stereos.
- Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.
- Make sure that any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a diving board. If unsure, contact a qualified electrician or your local utility company to make sure power lines are a safe distance away.
- Have a qualified electrician periodically inspect and— where necessary—replace or upgrade the electrical devices or equipment that keep your pool, spa, or hot tub electrically safe.
- Have a qualified electrician demonstrate how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.