Electric Shock DrowningThe dangerous conditions that can cause loss of life
Any time there is water and electricity – the potential for a dangerous situation exists. Here are a few examples of what can go wrong and allow electrical current to leak into the water.
- High unsafe voltage reaches the underwater lights (pools,fountains, docks) through a compromised transformer. Some causes include:
- Wet transformer
- Physical damage
- Foreign conductive object lying on the transformer
- Electricity flowing from the pump/filter – even if you’re using PVC piping
- Incompetent electricians and/or plumbers working on electrical systems.
- Weather occurrences such as floods or lightning can cause electrical shorts to all supply equipment. Also, fallen power lines due to trees or wind.
- Unauthorized people working with pool supply equipment. This also includes children, and untrained homeowners.
- Careless maintenance people working around water with electrical power equipment and extension cords. (lawn, cleaners, painters)
- Aging insulation on underground electrical lines and pool supply lines.
- Pools and docks with faulty GFCI breakers.
- Pools and docks built before building codes required GFCI breakers.
- Poorly manufactured pool equipment (pumps, lights, heaters, etc.)
- Incorrect wiring of generators on boats, marine gas stations, docks and boat houses.