NFPA Warns Swimmers and Boaters About the Dangers of Electric Shock Drowning in Pools and at Marinas

 

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SITTING WATCH: Whitehall's Community Pool opened up Tuesday, June 15th, with over a hundred swimmers enjoying the waters throughout the day. (Above, left) Lifeguard Maddox Kidwell sits watch.

With the arrival of summer and the July 4th holiday weekend just around the corner, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about potential electrical hazards that exist in swimming pools and hot tubs, onboard boats, on docks and piers, and in waters surrounding boats, marinas, and launch ramps.

While most people are unaware of electrical dangers posed in water environments such as electric shock drowning (ESD), each year people are injured or killed from these hazards. ESD can occur when an improperly installed or maintained electrical system results in electri...



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