Pool and Spa Electrical Safety Tips

JULY 14, 2020

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were 14 deaths related to electrocutions in swimming pools from 2003 to 2014. Hot tubs and spas can present the same safety hazards as swimming pools. 


At CREM, safety is our top priority. We believe it is important to know and be aware of electrical hazards, especially when around water, such as pools, hot tubs, and spas. Therefore, we have compiled a list of Pool and Spa Electrical Safety Tips to help you minimize the risk of electrical shock while enjoying the water. 


Electrical Safety Around Pools, Spas, and Hot Tubs


1. Have a qualified electrician periodically inspect and— when necessary—replace electrical devices/equipment that keep your pool, spa, or hot tub electrically safe.


2. Make sure that any overhead lines maintain the proper distance over a pool and other structures, such as a diving board. 


3. Electrical appliances, equipment, and cords should be kept at least six feet away from the water. 


4. Outdoor receptacles must have covers that keep them dry even when appliances are plugged into them.


5. Avoid handling electrical devices when you are wet.


6. Do not swim during a thunderstorm.


7. Have a qualified electrician show you how to turn off all power in case of an emergency.


If you have any questions regarding keeping your pool, spa, or hot tub electrically safe, contact us. Our team of qualified electricians are proud to serve homes in Kennewick, Pasco, Richland, and surrounding areas. 

6343 W. Brinkley Rd

Kennewick, WA 99338

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