Maryland summers are known for two things: heat and humidity. Because of this, many residents flock to swimming pools this time of year, whether in their back yard (residential) or a local swim center (commercial). Pools are a great way to relax and beat the heat. They also require a lot of upkeep, including annual or bi-annual Swimming Pool Electrical Inspections.
While older pools are at the highest risk, ALL pools should be inspected annually or bi-annually. Aging electrical wiring, faulty underwater lighting, sump pumps, vacuums, and other electrical equipment require periodic inspections to ensure everything is safe, working properly, up to code, and protected by Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (GFCIs) – the best safety device to prevent electrocution.
Since 2003, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has reported 14 deaths related to swimming pool electrocutions. Hot tubs and spas present the same risks.
Warning signs of a problem:
- Swimmers feel a tingling sensation.
- Swimmers experience muscle cramps.
- The feeling as though something is holding you in place.
- Swimmers unknowingly avoiding a certain area of the pool.
- Flickering pool lights.
If you or another swimmer experience or notice any of the above warning signs, get out of the pool immediately and call for help. If someone has experienced an electrical shock, turn of all power, carefully remove the victim from the water, and call 9-1-1 immediately. Position the victim on his/her back and check for breathing. If the victim is not breathing, give two rescue breaths. If there are no signs of circulation (normal breathing, coughing, or movement in response to rescue breaths), begin CPR.
Maryland Swimming Pool Electrical Inspections
If your pool or spa is overdue for an inspection or if you fear something may not be working properly, please contact a local, licensed electrical contractor. The best protection is inspection, detection, and correction.
Maintaining a safe swimming pool environment requires top-quality equipment and Maryland’s premier residential and commercial electrician. TriStar Electric supplies, installs, and services several types of pool equipment and pool lighting. We can handle all of your swimming pool electrical inspections needs as well.
If you have any questions about Maryland Swimming Pool Electrical Inspections, please contact TriStar Electric by calling 410-799-5791 or 301-384-8880 or fill out the contact form on our website. Our electricians can provide you with a competitive quote that covers every stage of the process – from installation to final testing.