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  • 6 Pool Electrical Safety Tips


  • 6 Pool Electrical Safety Tips

    July 12, 2018

    The season to splash in the pool is here! While you are out having sun in the sun, it is important to be mindful of potential electrical hazards in and around the water.

    At Buzz Electrical, we consider our customers’ safety to be our number one priority. Here are six pool electrical safety tips from our team of electricians to help you enjoy the water without any accidents this summer.

    1. Examine Your Pool Lights

    One of the most common hazards for electrocution in swimming pools comes from improperly wired or grounded pool lights under the water. Pool lights should be wired through pipes running under the concrete area surrounding your pool to a “junction box” with a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI). If your pool lights are not connected to a GFCI, in the event of a power surge the circuit will not be interrupted and too much electricity could flow straight into your pool. If your pool lights were installed DIY-style or with the help od a handyman rather than a trained electrician, it might be best to have them examined by a professional before you jump in the pool.

    2. Keep Cords Away

    As tempting as it might be to place a speaker next to your pool and crank up some tunes, resist the urge at your next luau party. All electrical devices and cords should be kept at least 10 feet away from the water at all times.

    3. Don’t Handle Electronics While Wet

    Make sure to dry off with a towel before you plug in or use electronics of any kind. Monitor kids and house guests to make sure they do the same!

    4. Keep Outlets Dry

    Along the same lines, make sure all outdoor outlets are completely covered while not in use. Even for those without swimming pools, outdoor outlet covers are mandatory so that moisture from the sprinkler system or the weather does not cause electrocution. If you have outlets on the patio or near your pool, it is even more important to make sure they stay covered and dry.

    5. Never Swim During a Storm

    If there is even a slight chance of lightning, do not risk your life for a dip in the pool. Wait until the storms pass to resume your outdoor fun.

    6. Schedule an Inspection

    If you have any reservations about the electrical safety in or around your pool, call a trusted electrician to inspect your yard for signs of danger or wiring problems. At Buzz Electrical, our team of licensed electricians can help assess the electrical components in your yard and ensure the continued safety of you and your family.

    We hope these pool electrical safety tips help you stay safe around the pool and “just keep swimming!”

    Family-owned and operated Buzz Electrical is Fayetteville’s leading electrical company! If you want to install new outdoor lighting or any electrical upgrades, we are here to help. Give us a call at (479) 267-2899.