With summer approaching soon, a lot of us have turned our minds to our outdoor spaces, especially our pools! A lot of care has been taken to ensure that the right chemicals are available, and the ph balance of the pool is correct. You’ve probably gotten new deck furniture, and even some new floaties! Now, we don’t mean to rain on anyone’s parade but we do want to remind you of some oft-forgotten but very important tips and tricks to keep your and your family safe when it comes to electricity around your pool.
- Put a lid on things. All outdoor receptacles need to be covered, especially those that are around your pool.
- Last year around this time, we spoke with you about ground fault circuit interrupters. Yes, that was a year ago and a lot has happened since then, but GFCI’s are still just as important as ever. These should be installed on outdoor receptacles to help prevent shock injuries.
- If you’re running any electrical devices or extension cords outside, they should be kept at least three meters away from any water sources. (That’s about 10 feet if you’re still used to the imperial system.)
- If you have the option to choose between battery-operated and cord-connected, choose the former for use in or around your pool or spa.
- When you’re installing your pool before you make your final decision, look up. No power lines should be over your swimming pool or spa area.
A swimming pool or spa can make a long summer feel amazing. All you need to do is stay safe, and enjoy the water. If you have any questions about keeping your pool or spa safe, reach out to Netco. Netco technicians are experts when it comes to pool electricity safety. We can help.