Water Safety

Swimming Pools & Hot Tubs

  • Any electrical outlet within 20 feet of a swimming pool or hot tub needs to have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI). GFCIs cut off the power to prevent shock in dangerous situations. GFCIs should be on all underwater lighting circuits and lighting around pools and hot tubs.
  • Pools and hot tubs should be built at least five feet away from underground power lines and 25 feet away from overhead power lines.
  • Electric appliances and tools should be kept at least 10 feet away from pools and hot tubs (never use them near water or in the rain).
  • If someone in the pool or hot tub feels a shock or appears to be shocked, DO NOT get in the water. Turn off the power and use a fiberglass shepherd’s hook to retrieve the victim from the water.

Lakes & Rivers

  • Never swim near boats that are plugging into on shore power or docks with electrical service.
  • Locate power lines before fishing, and make sure your cast is far away from power lines to avoid shock.
  • Keep your boat at least 10 feet away from all power lines.
  • If your boat comes in contact with a power line, DO NOT get in the water. Stay in the boat, avoid touching metal, and wait until help arrives.