While most pool owners’ greatest fear may be the thought of falling into your pool and drowning, there are other safety hazards you should also be aware of; the most prominent being electrical hazards.
Because your pool more than likely will be hooked up to electrical pool pumps, lights, and other electrical equipment, being shocked while swimming in your pool can happen. This is why taking the necessary steps to prevent any electrical hazard in your swimming pool is so important.
Voltage And Illumination
When it comes to preventing electrical fatalities in your pool, the National Electric Code has enforced a number of safeguards.
Additionally, low-voltage lighting for your swimming pools has become the unofficial industry standard. It’s important to note that voltage can effect people in different ways. While 120 volts, for example, is considered fatal and 12-volts may not, it’s not always as simple of a question.
In fact, many swimming pool experts consider 120 volts perfectly safe as long as the lighting has been installed correctly in the swimming pool in question.
Proper Wiring And Installation
When you don’t have your lighting installed by a swimming pool professional, you run the risk of improper wiring and installation components, which could lead to electrical shock.
Without a transformer, for example, electricity can easily enter your swimming pool water if a wire were to experience a short. Additionally, without the proper wiring, electrical currents from another source could enter the water in an attempt to complete the circuit.
Grounding And Bonding
When installed in a metal niche, such as a pool light, electrical components must be bonded and grounded.
Known as a process that protects any swimmer from faulty electrical equipment (by attaching it to the ground) grounding prevents electrical shock by tripping and turning off your lighting whenever a short circuit occurs.
On the other hand, bonding involves connecting electrical components with the proper elements, including the ladder, motor pump, and water. With the proper bonding, you’ll create a grid to minimalize voltage difference from one component to the next.
Once you take into account how important the proper pool installation is when it comes to preventing electrical hazards, it’s time to call your local Atlanta swimming pool experts at The Pool Butler.
We’ve been serving Atlanta for years, and our experts are highly trained and experienced to properly handle everything from swimming pool repair and cleaning, to pool lighting installation and wiring. We’re on your side to prevent any safety hazards for a safe and fun swim this season and beyond!
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