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    7 Pool Safety Tips to Kick Off Summer

    7 Pool Safety Tips to Kick Off Summer

    August 21, 2018

    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    features are out of date, you may want to include upgrades in your closing agreement or lower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!