With the temperatures rising, we also see outdoor water activities rising. Remember when around water, whether indoors or out, water and electricity do not mix!
There are many devices used around swimming pools such as radios, speakers, cell phones and lights. All of these require a power source. Batterypowered equipment is a little safer to use around water, but not always the case. A recent accident involved a cell phone and a young person taking a bath. The cell phone itself did not pose a great danger, but when you plug it into a charger you now have a power source in your hand while you are submerged in water.
Following are a few things to keep in mind when you are outside enjoying the day cooling off in a water-related activity:
- Never use electrical devices or equipment while you are standing or submerged in water.
- Always have a certified electrician service your pool lights and related equipment.
- Always keep your electrical devices well away from any area where they may come in contact with water in case they are dropped or knocked over and end up submerged in the water.
Water conducts electricity just as well as wire. A person may be standing well away from any power source, but if they are connected by water to an accidentally induced power source, they can be electrocuted. Water activities are a part of summer and having fun. Good judgment, and a few safety precautions, can help you and your family have a great time staying cool.