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Electrical Pool Safety

May 28, 2015 | Residential Electricity

The temperature outside is starting to rise, and it appears this summer with have some great weather. That means if you have a pool, you will be using it quite often. Consider having your pool inspected if this is the first season it will be used, or you own a pool with an electrical system. This is a recommend inspection to ensure that your family and guests are safe when they are swimming.

Heating System

To regulate the temperature of your pool, you likely have a heating/cooling system connected. This could be connected to your home’s electrical system or a solar powered generator with wires above or below ground. Over the last couple of seasons your pool and its wires could have taken damage from the elements or animals, this could result in exposed wires. All wires that are connected to the pool should be inspected. If there is any contact between the water and electrical wires it could result in a serious electrical shock to swimmers. So before you begin filling up your pool and turning on your temperature regulation system, make sure there is no risk for electrical contact.

Retractable Covers

For those of you with below ground pools you may have had an automatic cover installed on your pool. The cover allows you to retract and expand your pool cover with the touch of a button without the hassle or doing it manually. While this is a very handy feature, it’s electrical features sit very close to the water. As with your heating system wires, make sure that your retractable cover is inspected carefully to check for cracked, broken, or exposed electrical wires. Contact with water could cause shock and also short out the automatic cover system.

Electrical Wire Contact

If you are looking to have an inground pool installed, or have purchased an above ground pool and are looking to place it, take note of any electrical wires in the area. This can include any outside meters attached to your home, electrical outlets, and power lines running from or around your home. When the splashing begins and water is spread, it can create an opportunity for the electricity to travel through the water and toward the pool. Review the area you have available and create safe distances between the pool and electrical wires.

It is important that you consider each of these items before you start enjoying your pool. Save yourself from damaged electrical wire systems, and possible harm and injury to swimmers; have an Expert Electrician review your pool setup. For a proper inspection by a professional, licensed electrician, contact your local Expert Electric.