Electrical Safety Tips For Pools

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Ready or not, Summer is here, and we are still under quarantine and social distancing due to COVID-19, which means spending more time outside and in your new backyard swimming pool. While electrical safety is important year-round, we think this is a great time of year to review some pool safety tips. To have peace-of-mind and protect you and your most asset, your family!  Here are some things to keep in mind.

 

Pool Safety Tips

  • Use only battery-operated products around the pool that are waterproof or water-resistant.
  • Be mindful of overhead power lines. Your pool should not be installed within 25 feet of overhead power lines and long-handled poles and tools should be kept away from them as well. You should also keep these tools and poles held as low to the ground as possible.
  • Always avoid touching any electrical items when you are wet or are touching wet surfaces. Especially if you are barefoot.
  • Keep electric cords, wires, and appliances at least 5 feet from the water.
  • Regularly inspect your pool lights for cracks or mold on the inside of the lens which could show signs of a leak.
  • Make sure all outdoor receptacles are covered and are GFCI protected. These offer the best protection against electrocution. They should be tested at least once a month to make sure they are functioning properly.
  • Have a licensed electrician inspect and upgrade your pool or hot tub wiring to ensure it is safe and meets NEC requirements.

It can be easy to overlook, but electrical safety is extremely important, especially around water. The electricians at Farryn Electric are safety experts. We can do a complete check-up on your pool’s pump, filter, heating, and lighting and make sure everything is working properly. Don’t miss out on time you could be swimming this summer and call us today!

Electrical Safety Tips for Older Homes

Electricity has become such a standard part of our daily lives that it is often taken for granted, but electrical failures are a leading cause of home fires every year. Homes with aging electrical systems are at increased risk for electrical fires. It’s important to note that all electrical work in your home should be performed by a licensed electrician in accordance with local and national codes. Follow these safety tips to identify and prevent electrical hazards.

Reasons to Get an Electrical Inspection

  • Your home is 40 years old or older
  • You purchase a previously owned home
  • Your home has undergone a major renovation
  • You have added major new appliances in the last 10 years

Warning Signs

  • Frequent problems with blowing fuses or tripping circuit breakers;
  • A tingling feeling or slight shock when you touch an appliance
  • Outlets and/or switches that are warm or make crackling, sizzling, or buzzing noises
  • Flickering or dimming lights.

Circuit Breakers and Outlets

  • Consider having your circuit breakers replaced with arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), which provide enhanced electrical fire protection by detecting dangerous arcing conditions.
  • Make sure all electrical panel circuits are properly labeled. Always replace fuses or circuit breakers with the correct size and amperage.
  • Use ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected outlets in areas where electricity is near a water source, like in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Every month use the TEST buttons to check that GFCIs, AFCIs, and smoke alarms are working properly.
  • Routinely check cords, outlets, switches, and appliances for signs of damage. Do not use damaged electrical devices.
  • Do not overload outlets with too many devices or appliances.

Cords, Plugs, and Lights

  • Do not use extension cords on a permanent basis, and never use them with major appliances.
  • Never run electrical cords under rugs or carpets.
  • Do not pinch cords under furniture or in windows/doors.
  • Always use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or fixture

If you are concerned about your home’s electrical safety or are interested in having peace-of-mind that your electrical system is safe. We would be happy to provide you with a comprehensive electrical safety inspection. Please give us a call