7 Pool Safety Tips to Kick Off Summer
With summer approaching fast, families will start cooling down with a splash in the pool. But how educated is your family on pool safety when it comes to electrical concerns?
When you’re lounging on a flamingo shaped floatie with an ice-cold drink in your hand, worries like pool electrocution can seem 1,000 miles away. But proper pool safety is a reality we all need to acknowledge!
At 24/7 Electric, we consider our customers’ safety to be a top priority. Here are seven pool safety tips to help your family stay safe while you have fun in the sun.
1. Keep your pool lighting in top shape (even if that means an upgrade).
This is possibly the most important of all the pool safety tips on this list! Older pool lights pose the greatest risk for electrical accidents. If the wiring becomes loosened or exposed, the electricity will be conducted throughout your pool water and electrocute anything touching it. Consider upgrading to modern pool lights with enhanced safety features.
2. Upgrade all outdoor outlets.
All of the outlets outside your home and/or near a source of water should be Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) outlets. These are optimized for safety by monitoring the flow of electrical current for any unexpected spikes or fluctuations. Modern electrical safety code requires GFCIs to be installed on every outdoor outlet because of their potential exposure to different water sources.
3. Have your pool inspected for safety before you jump in.
When having a new pool installed, make sure all the electrical components are inspected by highly-trained, licensed experts. If you are buying a new house with an existing pool, it’s a good idea to have it carefully inspected before you make an offer as well. If the pool’s electrical features are out of date, you may want to include upgrades in your closing agreement or lower your offer to accommodate for the finances you would use for the upgrades yourself.
4. Continue to monitor all electrical equipment.
Even after you’ve installed upgrades or had safety inspections, keep a close eye on pool lights or any other electrical equipment associated with the water. If you notice any signs that something isn’t right, call an electrician before using the pool.
5. Keep all electrical devices and cords at least five feet from the edge of your pool at all times.
If an electrical device is perched too close to the pool, it could be knocked into the water by a child, a pet, or simply an accident. Don’t let carelessness become fatal.
6. Supervise children, pets, and intoxicated guests at all times.
Make sure there is always someone with clear judgement around to monitor pool use. This is one of the most universal pool safety tips, because it applies to the danger of drowning as well as electrocution.
7. Have an emergency plan.
Discuss ahead of time with your family about what everyone would do if the water in your pool did become electrified. In the unlikely event that disaster occurs, you will be prepared to turn off your power, evacuate everyone from the pool, and call an ambulance.
Even if you are a long-time pool owner, pool safety tips can be a great reminder for the importance of modern equipment and safe behavior around the pool. We hope these seven pool safety tips help keep your family stay safe this summer!