Electrical Safety on the Shoreline

By May 16, 2017 News No Comments

 

If you own a dock, boathouse or other shoreline structures, please take the time to inspect their electrical wiring and equipment. This is especially important for shoreline structures since water can conduct electrical charges near improperly installed or poorly maintained electrical equipment. And remember, Georgia Power shoreline inspections are NOT electrical code inspections.

Enhance your electrical safety on the shoreline with these tips:

Be sure your electrical system meets all electrical safety codes and standards for installations near water, is in good working order, and is properly maintained by having an inspection conducted by a professionally licensed electrician.

Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) approved for outdoor use should be installed and tested monthly to ensure they are functioning properly. PAY ATTENTION TO THE WARNING SIGNS! If a breaker or GFCI trips, that means there’s a problem. The dock and surrounding water should be considered unsafe until a licensed electrician inspects, tests, and repairs the problem. NEVER attempt to re-set a breaker or GFCI, or re-energize a circuit while someone is swimming or in the water nearby.

All wiring should be underground or in approved conduits. Never use household cords near water.

Submersible pumps are not designed for use where swimmers may be present. If you have a submersible pump that is not UL listed for such use, replace it with a centrifugal pump.

If you feel a tingle or shock while swimming, get out of the water as soon as possible, avoiding the use of metal objects, such as ladders. If the shock gets stronger while swimming toward the dock, swim away from the dock and get out of the water somewhere else. If the dock is not your own, notify the owner immediately, as this tingle is a sign that the power should be turned off until a proper inspection has been completed.

Remember to discuss the importance of electrical safety with family, friends, and anyone using your dock and shoreline structures.

 

Additional information can be found at: http://www.electricshockdrowning.org/preventing-esd.html and http://www.esfi.org/resource/boating-and-marina-safety-263#BoatingAndMarinaSafetyToolkit