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Water fun and Electrical Safety

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:26

Summer safety advice from your local home inspector and the National Fire Protection Association
There is hope that the weather will be warm enough soon in the Fargo Moorhead and the west central Minnesota Lakes Region to start to pursue water activities. Being blessed as we are with many beautiful lakes and rivers to play in, it sometimes difficult to remember that spas, pools and hot tubs are being used more as the weather warms.
Electrical shocks in lakes and rivers are typically limited to lightning strikes but with spas, hot tubs and pools there can be other risks.
A few safety tips were recently published by the National Fire Protection Association.
First, should you decide this is the year to install your own spa, hot tub or pool, do have the electrical work performed by a licensed electrician familiar with the special concerns found in installations of this type.
While your electrician is at hand, it’s a good idea to have him show you how to shut off all the power in case of any sort of emergency and inspect any of the devices that help keep your pool, spa or hot tub electrically safe.
Secondly, make sure all of your outside receptacles have covers the keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them and don’t forget any outdoor receptacle should be protected by a ground fault circuit interrupter.
Keep your boom box or any other electrical powered device at least six feet away from the water. Battery-operated devices are safe to utilize around the water as long as the chargers are not plugged in.
When you’re wet or standing on a wet surface, do not be tempted to handle any of your electrical devices.
There are some limitations on how close electrical power service might be to a pool. Current safety practices indicate that electrical service drop must be at least 18 feet higher than the surface of the pool and at least 10 feet away from the closest edge of the pool. These dimensions will greatly reduce the risk of coming in contact with the power line while using the metal pool cleaner and the distance away from the edge means that should the power-line be damaged and fall it would be away from the pool itself.
No matter if you’re enjoying yourself in a lake, river, pool, spa, or hot tub, if there is a thunderstorm immediately get out of the water and moved to a safe location.
You’re always welcome to give us a call at 218–443–3555 because Mid-America Home Inspection, MAIS, is always here to try to answer your questions about your home.
 

Submitted by SterlingBrown on Thu, 05/09/2019 - 12:26