Power for Progress: Stay safe while enjoying the pool or hot tub
Power for Progress…
A weekly column from the Grand River Dam Authority
Stay safe while enjoying the pool or hot tub
Hot weather and summer schedules usually mean many of us are spending more time poolside or in the hot tub this time of year. If that is the case with you, here are a few electrical safety tips you should keep in mind. GRDA passes them along from the Electric Safety Foundation International (esfi.org):
- All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, hot tubs, 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 hot tubs. 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!
GRDA is Oklahoma’s largest public power electric utility; fully funded by revenues from electric and water sales instead of taxes. Each day, GRDA strives to be an “Oklahoma agency of excellence” by focusing on the 5 E’s: electricity, economic development, environmental stewardship, employees, and efficiency.