In our last article, we covered the potential dangers regarding swimming pool lights. This article will cover more about this serious safety concern.
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Swimming Pool Lights: Replace Them If It’s Been Awhile
A lot of people don’t think of electrical danger where swimming pool lights are concerned. They do pose a serious risk however, as these tips from the Consumer Products Safety Commission show:
CPSC’s Safety Tips For Preventing Electrocutions In and Around the Pool
-Know where all the electrical switches and circuit breakers for pool equipment and lights are located and how to turn them off in an emergency.
-Refrain from swimming before, during, or after thunderstorms.
-Have an electrician who is qualified in pool and spa repairs inspect and upgrade your pool, spa or hot tub in accordance with applicable local codes and the National Electrical Code (NEC).
-Ensure that all electrical wires and junction boxes are at least five feet away from water, as required by the NEC.
-Protect swimmers from injury by following the NEC requirements for installing GFCIs:
-on underwater lighting circuits operating at 120-volts (CPSC recommends GFCIs for circuits that are 15 volts or greater);
-on pumps and electrical equipment used with pools, spas and hot tubs, including heaters close to the pool and operated on 240 volt circuits;
-on electrical circuits around pools, spas, and hot tubs;
-on all outdoor receptacles and receptacles within 20 feet of the water’s edge to protect people from injury.”
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. [READ MORE]
In our last article, we explored how serious the threat of electrical injury or even death can be from a cracked swimming pool light.
Electricians Are Required Personnel
It may be tempting to do it all yourself. However, where electricity and water are concerned, you could be putting either yourself or your family at risk.
So remember, electricity and water don’t mix. Make sure your swimming pool lights are in good shape, there are no cracks in the covers, and that any wires are not exposed. And make sure you call an electrician in Gilbert to check them out.