Pool Electricity Safety Tips

14 July 2016
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If you have an in-ground pool in your home, you likely spend a lot of time enjoying it during the summer. The last thing that you want is for someone to accidentally get hurt. One way that people can get hurt is if their pool is not wired correctly. Here are some pool electricity safety tips in order to keep you safe this summer.

1. Use Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters on Your Pool's Pump

When you are wiring your pool's pump, make sure that you are using ground fault circuit interrupters for the power supply that makes the pump work. You want to make sure that you use these so that, should an electrical leak be noticed by the system, the pool's pump will automatically shut off. This will keep electricity from being transferred to the water and ensure that everyone who is swimming in the pool will be safe even if there is a leak. If you are using a professional pool wiring service, they will likely install these without you having to ask because in some localities, they are mandatory.

2. Ground All Of Your Electrical Equipment

Take the time to make sure that all of your electrical equipment, including the pipes and wires, is grounded on something that will not easily transmit electricity. Solid ground is usually a good bet, so try to run your wires underground. For the pump itself, if you have it above ground, make sure that it is on something that is rubber in order to keep it from accidentally spreading electricity in a way that could hurt someone.

3. Declare the Pool Off-Limits When Draining or Filling

When you are draining or filling the pool, you need to make sure that you don't let anyone go into the water due to the fact that electrical devices are actively working with the water to make sure that your pool gets filled. You can have all of the safety features in the world, but it doesn't change the fact that something could go wrong and that being in the water while filling or draining the pool is potentially dangerous. Simply tell your loved ones when you will be running a utility pump ahead of time and remind them again when you are actually doing it. This will allow you to ensure that your pool area stays safe.

For more information, contact DCS Electric or a similar company.