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NFD says to beware of potential electrical hazards at the pool this summer

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The Nashville Fire Department wants to remind residents of the potential danger of pools and helping to promote a relaxing and fun summer.

There are many electrical hazards that come in to play when summer hits, Davidson County Public Information Officer explained how faulty wiring can send an electrical current into the water,, which passes through the body, causes paralysis and results in drowning.

A list of the causes and prevention methods for Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) was put together by The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

Tips for swimmers:

  • While in a pool, hot tub or spa, look out for underwater lights that are not working properly, flicker or work intermittently.
  • If you feel a tingling sensation while in a pool, immediately stop swimming in your current direction. Try and swim in a direction where you had not felt the tingling. Exit the water as quickly as possible; avoid using metal ladders or rails. Touching metal may increase the risk of shock.

Tips for pool owners:

  • If you are putting in a new pool, hot tub or spa, be sure the wiring is performed by an electrician experienced in the special safety requirements for these types of installations.
  • Have a qualified electrician periodically inspect and — where necessary — replace or upgrade the electrical devices or equipment that keep your pool, spa or hot tub electrically safe. Have the electrician show you how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a diving board. If you have any doubts, contact a qualified electrician or your local utility company to make sure power lines are a safe distance away.

For more safety tips, please visit HERE.

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