July is almost over and August is almost here. You know what that means: spending more and more time around your backyard swimming pool. Following all safety rules around the pool should be second nature by now. However, it’s all too common for pool owners to forget about the electrical components found near their pool. Electrical safety still matters!
Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas are classified as water features. Even so, they still need electricity, even if it doesn’t look obvious. Wiring mistakes and mishaps can turn the entire structure into an electrical hazard. What are some of the biggest problems? We’re glad you asked, because you need the answers:
- Wiring in underwater lighting that is faulty or falling out of place
- Wiring that needs to be inspected and hasn’t been for a long time
- Power washers or sump pumps that need to be grounded; if they’re not properly grounded, then they can become electrical safety issues
- Appliances or electronics falling into the pool water like TVs or speakers that you use to provide some poolside entertainment while everyone is splashing around
You need to make sure that you have GFCI outlets around your pool. GFCI stands for ground fault circuit interrupter. You have these outlets inside your home, so why wouldn’t you integrate them into your outdoor living spaces? Not doing so would be a mistake.
How to Stay Safe
So now let’s look at how to stay safe. Again, staying safe is simple. Walk around the edges of your pool and make sure all electrical components are plugged into GFCI outlets. If there is a buildup of moisture then the sensor cuts the power to the outlet which will prevent the likelihood of an accidental electrocution. Also, make sure to have all the wiring in your home, inside and out, inspected by an electrician from TriStar Electric!
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