Recent incidents highlight the importance that all pools and spa should be built and installed in compliance with the National Electrical Code. But how do you know your pool is safe and up to Code?
Here are three safety tips for pool owners:
- Inspect. Detect. Correct. Older pools are at a higher risk of stray current due to wear and tear of existing equipment that may have not been inspected in years. Aging electrical wiring, faulty underwater lighting in light niches, the use of sump pumps and vacuums that are not grounded; and lack of proper bonding are all concerns. All of these hazards present an even greater risk if the lighting, circuits, and nearby receptacles are not protected by Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters (GFCIs) – the best safety device to prevent electrocution. Therefore, if you feel that your pool or spa may be at risk, contact a pool professional or licensed electrical contractor to do an inspection.
- Use the Code Word: National Electrical Code. Because of changes in technology, consumers have more lighting choices than ever. More and more consumers are opting for underwater lighting as a way to enhance the aesthetics of their pool. Options include LED, fiber optics, as well as the different incandescent lighting. In all cases, whatever type of technology is chosen, the relevant codes and standards should be followed.
- Consult an APSP Professional. If you have a concern about your pool, contact an APSP certified professional at APSP.org/MemberLocator. In some states, licensure is required to do electric work.
For more safety information, click here. Also check out the Consumer Product Safety Commission's Tips for Preventing Electrocutions In and Around the Pool.
To get peace of mind, get your pool inspected by an APSP Professional. Find one at www.APSP.org/MemberLocator.