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City of Melbourne Florida - Melbourne Fire Department Encourages Residents to Take Precautions Against Potential Electrical Hazards in Pools 20 May 2022 ( news )
City of Melbourne , state Florida ( By Press Release office)
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Summer is here and for many residents that mean staying cool at the pool . While time at the pool can be refreshing , the Melbourne Fire Department wants to remind residents of the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools , hot tubs , and spas .
“Many of our residents don’t realize the dangers of electric shock drowning ( ESD ) , ” said Melbourne Fire Chief Chuck Bogle . “It can occur when faulty wiring sends an electrical current into the water , which passes through the body and causes paralysis , a......nd ultimately results in drowning . ”
The National Fire Protection Association ( NFPA ) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International ( ESFI ) are urging swimmers and pool owners to follow these safety tips .
Tips for swimmers:
While in a pool , hot tub or spa , look out for underwater lights that are not working properly , flicker or work intermittently .
If you feel a tingling sensation while in a pool , immediately stop swimming in your current direction . Try and swim in a direction where you had not felt the tingling . Exit the water as quickly as possible; avoid using metal ladders or rails . Touching metal may increase the risk of shock .
Tips for pool owners:
If you are putting in a new pool , hot tub or spa , be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations .
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 the electrician show you how to turn off all power in case of an emergency .
Make sure any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures , such as a diving board . If you have any doubts , contact a qualified electrician or your local utility company to make sure power lines are a safe distance away .
For more safety tips and resources , please visit the
Reproduced from NFPA’s website ,
www . nfpa . org/publiceducation
. © NFPA .
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