Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) occurs when electrical current leaks into water. This could be around your pool, your dock, or your boat. The amount of current required to cause serious harm or death is miniscule. Less than a third of the amount of current required to light a 40W bulb is fatal. This video is the only one we’re aware of that shows what happens when electricity is leaking into the water. Learn more about Electric Shock Drowning on our ESD Resource Page.
The image above (originally prepared by David Rifkin) depicts how electrical current can leak into the water around a dock or shoreline. The same process can occur around your boat or in your pool. Any time there is water and electricity – the potential for a dangerous situation exists. We’ve compiled a brief list on some of the conditions that can lead to electric shock drowning.
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