KISSIMMEE, Fla., March 26, 2015 – As the weather warms up, swimmers across Central Florida are heading out to backyard, community and public pools, hot tubs and spas. When it comes to pool safety, drowning is the first concern that comes to mind; but Kissimmee Utility Authority reminds residents of another hidden danger to swimmers: electrocution.
There have been 74 deaths and nearly 50 serious shocks reported in the U.S. since 1990 involving electrical hazards in and around swimming pools, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Here are 5 safety tips for preventing pool electrocutions:
* Know where all the electrical switches and circuit breakers for pool equipment and lights are located and how to turn them off in an emergency.
* Refrain from swimming before, during or after thunderstorms.
* Ensure that all electrical wires and junction boxes are at least five feet away from water, as required by the National Electrical Code.
* Protect swimmers from injury by installing GFCIs (ground-fault circuit interrupters) on pumps, pool heaters and all outdoor receptacles within 20 feet of the water’s edge.
* Use battery-operated appliances instead of cord-connected appliances in and around a pool, spa or hot tub.
Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility powering 67,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.
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Contact: Chris Gent