May 29, 2024

Safety Tips To Keep Electricity & Water Apart


Summer means fun in the sun and spending time in the water to cool off. But remember, electricity and water never mix!

  • If you hear thunder while swimming, go inside until storms have passed.
  • Never bring electrical devices in a swimming pool or other body of water.
  • Electrical devices should be kept at least 10 feet away from water sources.
  • Never handle electrical devices if you are wet from swimming or other water activities.
  • All outdoor electrical outlets should be covered and kept dry.
  • Ensure power outlets near water sources are GFCI outlets. These are designed to protect against electrical shock in wet locations.
  • Test GFCI outlets by pressing the test button. The outlet should trip (cut power) and the reset button will pop out.
  • If a GFCI outlet doesn’t trip or reset after pushing the reset button once, consult a qualified electrician to inspect and/or replace it.

Learn more electrical safety information here.