While drowning is the top pool safety issue, electrical shock while swimming is a preventable risk factor. Faulty pool lighting, and a faulty pool pump or improper installation are examples of some of the causes. Faulty equipment is not always a factor a homeowner can control. However, proper installation can be assured when you hire a qualified, licensed electrician to provide the electrical installation. Other factors that can increase the risk of shock and/or electrocution can be prevented by following pool and spa safety guidelines and ensuring your pool is up-to-date on all safety standards and electrical code. Contact Mister Sparky licensed electricians for electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
Electrical accidents involving swimming pools typically fall in one of two areas. First, swimmers using electrical devices such as radios, a television, extension cords, lamps or other electrical products are increasing the risk for all swimmers. Second, as previously mention, hazardous pool equipment due to a malfunction or improper installation is a source of shock and electrocution. Most often, the source is pool lights. Mister Sparky electricians can replace your pool lighting, ensuring your safety with electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
Pool accidents involving electricity occur very seldom, but when it happens to your loved one, once is too much. The best means of preventing electrical pool accidents is by ensuring your pool equipment is in good working order, and establishing good behavior rules. Contact Mister Sparky for reliable installation and electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
The experts agree, the highest risk factor comes from pool lights. Periodically replace pool lights ensures yours is up to date with modern standards. In addition, replacement ensures less likelihood of a malfunction due to age. Purchase the highest rated ones the budget allows, or contact Mister Sparky for assistance. We offer a wide range of electrical services for your home or business, including installation, inspection and electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
Recognizing a Pool Lighting Hazard
Pool lights that flicker or provide erratic operation should be replaced. Shut the pool down until a licensed electrician can inspect the lighting or other electrical device involving the pool and provide the necessary electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
Your pool should be inspected by an electrician both at installation and annually to ensure its safety. If you buy a home with a pool, have a licensed electrician provide an inspection of its electrical equipment before using it. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician in Huntsville, AL for professional electrical services you can rely on.
Overhead Power and Cable Lines
Any electrical wire, telephone wire or broadband cable running over a pool is required to be at least 22 ½ feet over the water surface. The water surface is defined as the highest level water can obtain before running out. In addition, it can’t be less than 14 ½ feet above the diving board or diving platform, whichever is the highest. If you are planning to install a pool, select a location without any wires or cables overhead for the safest location, after all though it is also rare, lines do break. If there is no other option, consider underground services. However, no cable or wire is allowed to be run under a pool or spa. The wire must be located no less than 5 feet from any pool or spa side wall. Of course the wire providing power to your pool is an exception, and the only other potential exception is when a five foot clearance isn’t possible, it may be run in an approved conduit system.
There may be additional regulations affecting your location. A Mister Sparky electrician will be up-to-date on the code serving your area. Contact us today for installation, inspection and/or electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
Practice Safe Behavior
Electrical devices, including extension cords should be a minimum of five foot away from the pool’s edge. In some areas, the electrical code will require ten feet. If extension cords are used to provide power for items such as a radio, inspect them periodically for damage. Better yet, contact our electricians for outdoor GFCI outlet installation. They are safer, and pose less danger of tripping someone than an extension cord, and are likely required. Ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) outlets are required for any outdoor ‘wet’ location, including serving underwater pool lights greater than 15 volts, pool cover motors and controls, Outlets for pool pump motors in any location, light and electrical fixtures less than 10 feet from a pool or spa. If an outdoor GFCI cover is damaged, have the outlet replaced due to splashing water around pools. Contact a Mister Sparky electrician for electric repair in Huntsville, AL.
A disconnect is required to provide the ability to shut off the power source to a pool or spa pump, filter and other equipment. The disconnect must be in sight of the pool or spa, but no closer than five feet. This prevents a person from shutting it off while in the water. The visible and five feet rule does not always apply to single family homes. Check your local codes to ensure you are in compliance.
Contact Mister Sparky licensed, professional electricians in Huntsville, AL to schedule electrical installation, electrical inspection and/or electric repair in Huntsville, AL. Remember, an annual inspection will help to assure electrical pool and spa safety. Mister Sparky serves the North Alabama regions, and are a member of the BBB with an A+ rating.