Pools and lakes and electrical safety – oh my!

Throughout the dreary winter you’ve waited to open your pool, bring out the boats and soak up the sun! But before you dive into all the summer fun, remind yourself and your family of the dangers lurking inside pools and lakes. Remember: water and electricity don’t mix!

Safety in or around pools

It’s easy to hop out of the pool and not think about turning up the radio or jumping in and making a huge splash all over electrical appliances. But doing so can be dangerous. Instead, use battery-operated appliances or waterproof covers for items near the pool when possible. This way, you and your family can enjoy the day without worry of electrical shock!

If someone in the pool feels electricity (almost like a stinging feeling) or appears to have been shocked, do not dive in – you could be shocked, too! Instead, turn off the power and use a non-metal shepherd’s hook to pull him or her out of the water to safety. 

Safety in or around lakes/rivers

Indiana has an abundance of lakes and rivers. From playing by the beach, fishing or taking the boat out for the day, fun activities abound. But safety risks go hand-in-hand with the fun. 

Avoid swimming or going in the water near boats plugged into shore power or docks with electrical services. If you are in the water and feel electricity, stay calm and swim to shore if you can but do not touch a metal ladder or any other metal objects.

If someone is in the water and is shocked, do not jump in. Turn off the power source and use an insulated device to attempt to remove him/her from the water. Electrical shock can cause paralysis and the victim will need assistance immediately. 

When fishing on a dock, boat or just simply steering a boat, keep a distance of at least 10 feet between your fishing pole or boat and nearby power lines. If your boat comes in contact with a line, stay in the boat and avoid touching anything metal until the boat drifts away or help arrives.

Staying safe while near the water is simple but these tips can be easily forgotten. So, create a checklist for your family and friends to review before jumping in the deep end.