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.