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Have a Safe Electricity Summer

Summer means time outdoors, in the pool and on the lake. Keep these safety tips in mind and pass them on to your family to avoid dampening the fun:

  • Any time you use an electrical device or appliance outside or near water, plug it into an outlet protected by a ground fault current interrupter (GFCI). A GFCI shuts off power if it detects electricity flowing outside the circuit, like through water or a person. If you can’t find a GFCI-protected outlet, portable GFCIs are available at home stores.
  • Keep all electrical devices and cords at least 10 feet away from water sources. If possible, use battery-powered equipment instead.
  • Never touch or use electrical equipment when you’re wet or standing in water.
  • All outside electrical outlets should have a weatherproof cover.
  • Make sure all electrical equipment used for swimming pools is grounded.
  • Have a licensed electrician inspect and upgrade the electrical systems of pools, spas, hot tubs and docks.
  • Be aware of power line locations, especially around pools and bodies of water.
  • Don’t swim during thunderstorms.