Have a licensed electrical contractor install and maintain your pool wiring and equipment. Residential and commercial pool owners and operators should look into upgrading protection for lights, receptacles and switches on older pools. Inspection, detection, and correction are the best ways to protect swimmers from electrical hazards.

The dangers:

  • faulty underwater pool lighting;
  • aging electrical wiring that hasn’t been inspected in years;
  • the use of sump pumps, power washers and vacuums that are not grounded;
  • outdoor lighting, circuits, and receptacles not protected by ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs);
  • damaged cords on electrical equipment;
  • never touch electric cords, switches, or appliances when wet, standing in water, or with wet hands;
  • if an electrical cord or appliance falls into the water do not try to get it until you turn off the power at the main switch;
  • have an emergency plan to safely help someone who is suffering an electrical shock;
  • do not jump into the water to save the victim.