Electrocution and Pool Safety
As we’re sure you’re well aware safety around pools is something that we all need to consider. However, one area that often is overlooks is pool electrocutions. We don’t hear about these happening too often but anywhere that there’s a combination of water and electricity poses a significant threat if something goes wrong in the system.
Potential Electrocution Problem Areas
There are several different reasons that electrocution in pools can happen but there are some that are more common than others. Let’s take a look at some of the more common culprits.
Any incorrectly installed wiring on the electrical components of your pool can send stray electrical currents through the water. This is one of the main reasons that it is so important to have a professional install and maintain your pool for you. They are able to check all of the components thoroughly to ensure that your pool is safe and in working condition.
Pool lighting is another potential safety concern. If there are any signs that water is getting behind the glass seal such as mildew or fogging this could be a recipe for disaster. Again, having a professional install pool lighting is the best way to ensure that all necessary safety precautions have been used during construction.
We all know that electronics and water don’t mix but it’s second nature to grab something when we drop it. This instinct is why we need to be sure to keep any plugged-in electronics far away from the pool. If something falls in while someone is already in the pool it can instantly send an electrical current through the water with potentially fatal consequences with electrocution.
Signs of Electrical Current in Pools
It’s possible that you can be receiving an electrical shock while in the pool without fully realizing what’s happening. Especially if you’re receiving something from a low voltage wire. Tingling, muscle cramps, or a feeling of being unable to move are all signs of shock. If you feel any of these sensations, it’s important to immediately exit the water. Find the closest way out without using any metal surfaces to exit. Metal along with water is highly conductive of electricity and can increase the potential for electrocution.
It can be equally difficult to tell if somebody who’s in the water is receiving an electrical shock. You can see panicked behavior, but you can also see someone motionless in the water. If you notice any of these signs, it’s important to find out what the cause is so you can help in the best way possible. If it is electrical shock, don’t get into the pool. Getting in the water will put you in danger and prevent you from being able to fully help others.
If you suspect that there is an issue with the electrical with an electrical current in the water immediately turn off all power sources that you can. Then call 911 and begin attempts to rescue those who may have been injured. Using a nonmetal pole, you can attempt to reach swimmers who are still in the water and pull them to safety. Again, remember to not use anything metal as this conduct’s electricity further. Once you have removed any swimmers from the pool you can begin CPR if they are unresponsive. Continue CPR until a professional arrives to take over lifesaving measures.
Of course, prevention is always the best option when dealing with pool safety and possible electrocution. Having a properly maintained pool is one of the best things that you can do. You should also keep all electrical wires are away from the pool and all electronics at least 5 feet from the pool. All exterior outlets, especially those connected to pool equipment should be on GFCI protectors. These immediately turn off electrical current if they sense any disruption in the flow.