Since Memorial Day is the unofficial first day of summer, many families have opened their backyard pool for the summer. The weather is really warming up here in Maryland, so you’re probably eager to jump in as soon as possible! Most homeowners think that as long as everyone knows how to swim or is using proper flotation equipment that everything will stay totally safe. An often-overlooked part of your pool is the electrical components. If these components aren’t monitored and maintained properly, they can pose significant safety risks!
A Delicate Balance of Water and Electricity
It is a well-known fact that water and electricity create a dangerous combination. Pools, spas, and hot tubs strike a balance with using electricity to power pumps, heaters, filters, lighting, and everything required to make your backyard water features work. If any part of this delicate balance isn’t working properly, it can make the whole thing unsafe. Some of the biggest concerns are:
- Electrical devices (like TVs or Speakers) falling in the water
- Wiring that requires a safety inspection
- Faulty or failing wiring in the underwater lights
These risks are made significantly higher if the devices aren’t plugged into GFCI outlets.
Have Fun and Stay Safe
When your pool was installed, the installer likely gave you instructions outlining when everything should be inspected. It is essential that you keep up with those regular inspections in order to make sure everything remains safe. Another thing you can do is make sure every outlet around the pool is a GFCI. These are safer because they contain a sensor. If that sensor detects moisture, it immediately cuts the power to that plug to prevent problems.
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No matter the job, big or small, the professionals at TriStar Electric will be happy to discuss your project and answer any questions or concerns you may have. We offer free in-home consultations, plus an after-hours and emergency phone line for advice or service!
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